Manmohan, Jiabao’ announce shared vision for 21st century

January 14th, 2008 - 9:07 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

By Ashok Dixit

Beijing, Jan.14 (ANI): Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Wen Jiabao on Tuesday set out bilateral goals for the 21st Century in a document on shared vision that resolved to promote and further develop their existing Strategic and Cooperative Partnership for Peace and Prosperity.

The document, which was released in the Great Hall of the People here this afternoon, recognised that with both China and India representing a third of humanity, they had a significant historical responsibility to ensure comprehensive, balanced and sustainable economic and social development to promote peace and development in Asia and the world as a whole.

Convinced that the time was ripe to look to the future in building a relationship of trust and friendship on terms of equality, the two leaders said that the 21st Century should reflect Panchsheel, the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence. They said that an international system founded on these principles would be fair, rational, equal and mutually beneficial.

Acknowledging that each country had the right to choose its own path of social, economic and political development, both Dr. Singh and Premier Wen Jiabao said that due importance should be given for the protection of human rights and the promotion of the rule of law.

Recognising the central role of the United Nations in promoting international peace, security and development, the two sides said they support comprehensive reform of the United Nations, including giving priority to facilitate the increased representation of developing countries in the U.N. Security Council (UNSC)

The Chinese side said that it attached great importance to India’s position as a major developing country in international affairs, and supported India’s aspirations for playing a greater role in the UN, including the Security Council.

The Shared Vision document also called for the establishment of an international energy order that would be fair, equitable, secure and stable, and to the benefit of the international community. They agreed to make joint efforts to diversify the global energy mix and enhance the share of clean and renewable energy to meet the energy requirements of all countries.

Strongly condemning the scourge of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, the two sides also pledged to work together to strengthen the global framework against terrorism in the long-term in a sustained and comprehensive manner.

The two sides believe that their bilateral relationship in this century would be significant regionally and globally, and therefore, they would continue to build on their Strategic and Cooperative Partnership in a positive way.

They said that the India-China Regional Trading Arrangement (RTA) would be mutually beneficial and they welcomed the conclusion of the Feasibility Study on the bilateral RTA.

According to Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon, China has pledged support for the US-India civil nuclear cooperation process. (ANI)

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