Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao met in Bali on Friday and agreed on the need for working together as there was “enough space” and areas for them to work together for mutual benefit.
Dr Singh told Wen that India was committed to developing the “best of relations” with China while the latter underlined that the two countries should work “hand-in-hand” to ensure that the 21st century belongs to Asia.
“We are neighbours and also large growing economies of Asia. We should cooperate bilaterally and globally,” Dr Singh told Wen as they met here on the sidelines of the ASEAN and East Asia Summits.
To press this point, Dr Singh noted that whenever India and China had worked together on climate change, it has had a “positive impact” on the global stage.
Visualising “cooperative partnership” with China, Dr Singh reminded Wen that he had said that “there is enough space in the world for both India and China to grow.”
Adding on this point, Wen said, “there are enough areas in our world where India and China can enhance cooperation.”
Recalling Wen’s visit to India in December last year, Dr. Singh said it was a “milestone” in the bilateral relations during which the two sides discussed “new ideas and new approaches” to the relationship.
The Chinese Premier said that it is important for the two most populous countries of the world to “work hand-in-hand to forge ahead along the path of development. I have full confidence that the day of that kind of the world will arrive”.
Dr. Singh, while noting that the two leaders had been meeting on the sidelines of all the ASEAN Summits held during the last six years, told Wen that he had “benefitted enormously” from his conversations with the Chinese leader on each occasion.
Earlier, expressing great pleasure in meeting Dr. Singh again, Wen said their decision to meet in Bali to exchange views on major issues of mutual interest “shows how much importance leaders of both India and China attach to friendly relations and cooperation”.