Hu, Putin for tripartite mechanism with India

Published on Mar 23, 2006 11:39 AM IST

Chinese Prez Hu Jintao and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have called for cooperation among India, China and Russia.

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In a boost to cooperation among India, China and Russia, Chinese President Hu Jintao and his visiting Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have given the go-ahead for the early establishment of a tripartite mechanism to realise their potentials and stand up to new threats and challenges.

"The two sides favour an early establishment of a mechanism of trilateral cooperation in the Russia-China-India format in the belief that this will contribute to a fuller realisation of their potentials for economic development and will strengthen international efforts to stand up to new threats and challenges," said the translated version of the Sino-Russian joint statement, signed by Hu and Putin after their summit in Beijing on Tuesday.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Qin Gang had commented positively on Tuesday on the potential for cooperation between China, India and Russia.

Noting that India, China and Russia were big countries, Qin said they share much common interest in safeguarding regional security, stability and development.

The three parties held regular meetings to exchange in-depth views on issues of common interest and to strengthen coordination and cooperation, he said with reference to the meetings between the Foreign Ministers of the two countries.

"This complies with the interest of the three parties and the peace and stability of the region and the world," the spokesman had said.

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