India and China today decided to have an annual meeting of their foreign ministers to deepen bilateral ties and boost anti-terrorism cooperation.
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi has accepted the suggestion floated by External Affairs Minister SM Krishna for annual meetings, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao told a media briefing after the meeting of the Indian leader with his counterpart and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.
She said both side have agreed to intensify counter terrorism dialogue and stressed on the need to activate various dialogue mechanisms.
China also said that it looked forward to the forthcoming visit of President, Pratibha Patil.
Both sides also agreed to step up cooperation in the fields of science and technology specially in the fields of bio and nano technology, weather forecasting, she said.
Education has been identified as potential area of cooperation and several proposals including how to replicate the modes of India-US and US-China educational ties under which a large number of students studied in America.
China suggested that India should send 100 secondary school children followed by the visit of 50 teachers, Rao said.