Manmohan Singh meets Hu Jintao

January 15th, 2008 - 10:46 pm ICT by admin  

By Ashok Dixit

Beijing, Jan 15 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today met Chinese President Hu Jintao and discussed with him mutual relations after the two sides signed a series of memorandums to deepen mutual ties.

Earlier in the day, urging China to join India in creating a world of positive externalities and mutual prosperity, rather than one based on balance of power calculations and animosity, Manmohan Singh said the simultaneous development of both countries would have a positive influence on the rest of the world.

Dr. Singh said three key areas needed to be focussed upon to take existing bilateral ties to greater heights in the future.

First, there was a need to bridge the “knowledge gap” between both countries with the objective of generating proper awareness and contact at the people-to-people level, he said.

Second, he said, there is need for expanding cooperation in a broad range of functional sectors, learning from each other’s national developmental experiences.

Finally, the Prime Minister said that both India and China should harness their complementarities and synergies in the areas of trade and business. While India had a growing consumer market, skilled human resources and software excellence, China too had a large market, a manufacturing prowess and cost competitiveness that was the envy of the globe. A platform for exponential growth could be created by taking advantage of these features, he added.

India and China are in the midst of rapid transformation with the development agenda taking centre stage in both societies. India is changing and the success of China is acting as a stimulus to that change, he said. Each country’s system may be different, but their people “are united in their aspiration for a better future,” he added.

The world knows it and is watching it with interest, he said. (ANI)

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