NEW DELHI, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday met Chinese Special Representative for the Sino- Indian Talks on Boundary Issues and State Councilor Dai Bingguo who is on an official visit to the Indian capital here.
Singh first asked Dai to convey his greetings to Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao. He said that India pays great importance to its relations with China and the two countries have seen frequent exchanges of visit.
He said that bilateral trade between India and China totaled near 70 billion U.S. dollars and the two countries had held their first strategic economic dialogue last year. He also noted that 500 Indian youths were received cordially by Premier Wen in Beijing last year. All these, he said, have shown that India-China relations are experiencing a good momentum at present.
Singh expressed his belief that good cooperation between India and China will bring about great changes to the world and said India is ready to work with China to push forward bilateral cooperation in all fields. India will also carry out close cooperation with China in international affairs and commonly safeguard the interests of the developing countries.
The prime minister said that India-China Special Representatives Talks on Boundary Issues held since 2003 have achieved positive progress. He said India seeks a solution to the issue on the basis of fairness, reasonableness and mutual acceptance. He also wished the special representatives of the two countries to keep up their efforts to look for a framework to solve the issue on the basis of political guidelines signed by the two sides, while the two countries should maintain peace and tranquility on the border areas between them.
Dai conveyed cordial greetings and good wishes from President Hu and Premier Wen.
He said China and India are important cooperative partners. China highly evaluates its relations with India and wishes to continuously pioneer new horizons for and deepen Sino-Indian strategic cooperative partnership.
Dai said that over the past few years, China-India relations have seen great and fast development, which has brought about substantial benefits to the two peoples.
Looking into the future, China and India have great potentials for developing relations and wide perspective for cooperation, said the state councilor.
Dai also expressed his wish that the two countries follow the direction of developing friendly relations and work for greater cooperation aimed at win-win situation for both countries, while realizing greater exchanges between the two peoples and creating a beautiful future for the relations of the two countries.
Dai also pointed out that China and India have a history of border talks for 30 years and eight years of talks between special representatives, which have achieved positive progress and played a major role in increasing understanding and trust, safeguarding peace and tranquility on the border areas and promoting bilateral relations in general.
He expressed his hope that the two sides follow the instructions of the leaders of the two countries, make great efforts to find a suitable solution to the border issue, while holding to the strategic and political height of views on developing the overall bilateral relations.
Dai noted that the BRICS summit will be held in India this year and China will support and coordinate with India in hosting the summit.