Second round of Sino-India talks on Monday
While Saran will lead the Indian side, the Chinese delegation will be headed by Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei.world Updated: Jan 08, 2006 19:45 IST
India and China will exchange views on bilateral, regional and international issues of common concern during Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran's visit to the communist country beginning on Sunday.
Saran arrived on Sunday for the second round of the India-China strategic dialogue, which will start on Monday.
While Saran will lead the Indian side, the Chinese delegation will be headed by Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei, who is in charge of Asian affairs.
Ahead of the talks, a senior Chinese official said, "the Chinese government firmly pursues the policy of developing long-term, stable, good-neighbourly and cooperative relations with India".
"The Chinese side is ready to work closely with the Indian side to further expand friendly exchanges, strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation, and continuously enrich the contents of the strategic and cooperative partnership between our two countries," the official said.
The second round of the India-China strategic dialogue is the first since New Delhi and Beijing agreed to qualitatively upgrade their bilateral relations to strategic levels during Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to India in April last year.
During Wen's visit, India and China had agreed to upgrade their relations and establish a "Strategic and Cooperative Partnership for Peace and Prosperity."
It is also the first major bilateral event this year, which is being marked as the "India-China Friendship Year" and is expected to be utilised by two sides to instil greater confidence and cooperation between the two Asian giants.