Wen Jiabao Arrives in India for Official Visit
2010-12-15 13:52

On the afternoon of December 15, local time, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived in New Delhi by special plane, kicking off his official visit to India.

In his written speech delivered at the airport, Wen said China and India are connected by mountains and rivers and enjoy a traditional friendship dating back more than 2,000 years. In the 21st century, the friendship and cooperation between the two sides have seen comprehensive and rapid progress with the joint efforts of both sides and the two countries have established and developed strategic and cooperative partnership for peace and prosperity. "China-India relations face major opportunities and enjoy broad prospects," said the Chinese premier.

"My current visit is aimed at promoting friendship, expanding cooperation, building on our past achievements and opening up new dimensions for mutual benefit and common development of the two countries," Wen said. He expressed belief that with the joint efforts of both sides, China-India relations will surely have a brighter future.

Senior officials from the Indian government, Chinese Ambassador to India Zhang Yan and other officials greeted Wen at the airport.

During the visit, Wen will hold talks with Indian Prime Minister Singh, and meet with Indian President Patil and Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi. He will also deliver an important speech on China-India relations, attend bilateral exchange activities and jointly celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

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