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Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi Meets with Indian Minister of External Affairs S. M. Krishna

On April 13, 2012, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met with Indian Minister of External Affairs S. M. Krishna in Moscow. Both sides exchanged views on enhancing bilateral relations as well as international and regional issues of common concern.

Yang recalled the successful meeting between Chinese President Hu Jintao and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the BRICS summit in March, when the two leaders reached consensus on relations between the countries. Bilateral relations between China and India were of great significance with huge potential, Yang said, adding the countries should take the opportunity to enhance their strategic cooperation.

China was willing to endeavor with India to implement the consensus reached by the two leaders and ensure the success of the ongoing "Year of China-India Friendship and Cooperation" activities, Yang said. The countries should also enhance their political mutual trust, expand economic and trade cooperation and provide proper guidance for public opinion. He urged both sides to respect and accommodate each other's core interests and major concerns, properly handle sensitive issues, strengthen their cooperation in international and regional affairs and push the China-India strategic and cooperative partnership to a new high.

Krishna said the development of relations with China was one of the priorities of India's diplomacy. There was enough room for the two countries to realize their development and further their mutually beneficial cooperation, Krishna said. He highly valued the India-China strategic and cooperative partnership, saying it had laid an important foundation for the further development of bilateral relations between the two countries. India expected to expand cooperation with China and further promote the healthy and stable development of India-China relations, Krishna said.

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