India and China sign 11 documents for enhancement of bilateral cooperation

January 14th, 2008 - 7:15 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

By Ashok Dixit

Beijing, Jan.14 (ANI): India and China today inked eleven documents that covered five Memoranda of Understanding, which were approved by the Indian Cabinet before Prime MInister Dr. Manmohan Singh embarked on his first visit to China as the Head of Government from Sunday.

The agreements were reached after a restricted meeting between Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Wen Jiabao and delegation-level talks that lasted for about an hour-and-a-half this evening. Senior ministers and officials of both sides were present at the talks and the signing ceremony in the majestic Great Hall of the People.

The documents signed were as follows:

1. A Shared Vision for the 21st Century for India and China

2. A Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation between the Planning Commission of India and the National Development and Reform Commission of China. This MoU provides for cooperation between the planning bodies of the two countries, including strengthening information exchange and consultations in the field of macro-economic management, operation of the economy, medium and long-term development planning. The two sides also agreed to hold vice-ministerial (Secretary) level dialogue by turn in each country on topics of common concern.

3.Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation between the railway ministries of the two countries.

4.Memorandum of Understanding between the Indian Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and the Ministry of Construction of China. This pact provides for a basic framework for cooperation in the area of housing. The overall goal of the MoU is to promote the exchange of information related to housing policies, technologies, construction standards etc.

5. Memorandum of Understanding between the Indian Ministry of Rural Development and the Ministry of Land Resources of China for cooperation in the area of land resource management, conservation and utilisation.

6.Memorandum of Understanding between the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries on India-China Joint Medical Missions. This would consist of 10 young doctors each from India and China who would jointly provide medical consultations/treatment both in India and China in 2008.

7.Memorandum of Understanding between the ICCR and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries on cooperation in culture. Under this pact, both countries agreed to cooperate in the diverse fields of culture, including films and the performing arts, exhibitions, publications and seminars.

8.Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between the Geological Survey of India and the China Geological Survey in Geo-Sciences, which will aim to extend mutual cooperation in research and development projects in areas such as paleo-climatic and palaeo-environmental changes in the Asian continent etc.

9. Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of AYUSH (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) and the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SATCM) of China for cooperation in the field of traditional medicine.

10.Memorandum of Understanding between NABARD and the Agricultural Development Bank of China on cooperation for the sustainable development of agriculture and rural areas in both China and India. The sides agreed to share business experiences, training facilities, technology and development practices and share appropriate information on innovations in banking instruments, climate change and global warming etc.

11.The two sides signed a Protocol of Phytosanitary Requirements for the Export of Tobacco Leaves from India to China. The protocol was signed by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China and the Ministry of Agriculture of India.

The talks between the two sides and the signing ceremony was preceded by a ceremonial welcome in the marble-dominant and red-carpeted Great Hall of the People. It included the playing of the national anthems of the two countries and an inspection of a tri-services guard of honour by Prime Minister Singh and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao. (ANI)

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