'India-China partnership gathering pace'

Sep 26, 2013, 14:32 IST | IANS

India was working hard to outline the next stage of its bilateral ties with China, Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said after meeting with his Chinese counterpart here

Khurshid met with his Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Wednesday on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly session, Xinhua reported.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi with his Salman Khurshid. Pic: AFP

In their fourth meeting this year, Wang said the the China-India strategic partnership was gathering pace and making progress.

Wang said during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's visit to India in May, the two countriess achieved fruitful results and injected a strong impetus into the future development of bilateral ties.

The Chinese minister said at present the two sides were working to deepen pragmatic cooperation, enhance mutual trust and search for solutions to pending issues.

The two sides were also working to accelerate the construction of the economic corridor linking China, Bangladesh, India and Myanmar, while advancing cooperation on railway and industrial complex projects, he added.

Wang pointed out that both China and India were big developing countries with large population, sharing the same or similar views on many international and regional issues.

China was willing to strengthen communication and coordination with India on major international issues such as Syria and the Iranian nuclear issue, he said.

Khurshid said the India-China relationship was one of the most important bilateral relations in the world.

He said the two sides have been actively implementing the consensus reached during Li's India visit.

Khurshid expressed India's willingness to work with China to enhance cooperation in all dimensions and enrich the content of the bilateral strategic cooperative partnership.

He said that the two countries share similar stances, concerns and common interests on major global or regional issues, and that India is ready to strengthen cooperation with China on various issues.

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