The Indian Left bloc is not only playing a key role in Indian politics, it also has an important part to play in strengthening India-China relations, Chinese President Hu Jintao said on Wednesday.
Jintao, who met a Left delegation on Wednesday morning, said that Left parties have to play a vital role in strengthening strategic, economic and political relations between the two countries. Three Left parties in India, CPI (M), CPI and Forward Bloc, have a party-to-party relation with the Communist Party of China (CPC).
India and China not only have a role to play in the region, but globally too the two countries have become important, Jintao told the six-member delegation, led by CPI (M) general secretary, Prakash Karat, and CPI general secretary, AB Bardhan.
The president said economic development of both China and India should be geared towards improving the living standards of its people.
Jintao assured the delegation that trade relation between the two countries would be complementary and not competitive in nature. This was important in this era of globalisation, the Chinese president added.
The ties between the two sides at the diplomatic level and in commerce and industry are improving. There should be more exchanges between the CPC and India's Left parties to boost bilateral ties, he said. The agreements that the two countries have signed were also discussed in the meeting.
The Left leaders, on their part, urged the Chinese president to set up study groups in agriculture to understand the rapid progress made by China in the field.
Karat said that the discussion was formal and the Left was meeting Jintao in his capacity as the general secretary of the CPC. ``We already have exchange programmes between the CPC and the Left here. It was agreed that party-to-party exchanges would be increased,’’ Karat said.
Besides Karat and Bardhan, CPI (M)’s Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s S Sudhakar Reddy and Forward Bloc's Debabrata Biswas and G Devarajan attended the 30-minute long meeting.