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India invites senior Chinese Communist party leader

At the invitation of the Ministry of External Affairs, Communist Party Secretary of southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, Wang Yang, will undertake a week-long "friendly visit" to India.

world Updated: Sep 02, 2007 15:45 IST

India has invited a prominent Chinese Communist Party leader who could be carrying a political message from the top leadership in the midst of reports that the Communist nation was not entirely well-disposed towards the Indo-US nuclear deal.

At the invitation of the Ministry of External Affairs, Communist Party Secretary of southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, Wang Yang, will undertake a week-long "friendly visit" to India.

A high-level Party delegation led by Wang, 52 has left for India. He is expected to meet with senior Indian leaders as well as Left parties and discuss bilateral ties and party-to-party affairs.

His visit is coming at a time when both New Delhi and Beijing are making active preparations for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to China later this year.

Wang is currently an alternate member of the 16th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and has served as secretary of the CPC Chongqing Municipal Committee since December 2005.

He is expected to be promoted to a full member of the CPC Central Committee during the upcoming 17th Party Congress from October 15.

Chongqing is the only municipality directly under the Chinese central government in western China. Located on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, Chongqing is southwest China's biggest industrial and commercial centre, communication hub and inland port.