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India, China for peaceful uses of nuclear energy
Satish Misra
Tribune News Service

Singapore, November 21
India and China today laid stress on peaceful use of nuclear energy as a source of clean energy for attaining energy security.

In their bilateral meeting, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his counterpart Wen Jiabao discussed opportunities that exist for furthering cooperation in regional and multilateral forums on global issues such as climate change and energy security.

Wen was forthcoming and supportive of international civil nuclear energy cooperation with India, ministry of external affairs spokesman Navtej Sarna said.

While stressing on that the meeting between the two leaders was marked by cordiality and friendship, Indian officials were not ready to respond to questions on Chinaís stand at either the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) or the NSG (Nuclear Suppliers Group).

The Prime Ministers reiterated their readiness to take the India-China Strategic and Cooperative Partnership to a new level, Sarna said.

While Wen conveyed that friendship with India is the strategic and long-term objective of China, Manmohan Singh told his counterpart that India attaches great importance to the bilateral partnership and is resolved to ensuring the comprehensive relations for mutual benefit and on the basis of mutual sensitivity to each otherís concern.

They reiterated their readiness to see a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution to the boundary question and expressed satisfaction at the progress that is being made by the special representatives in this regard, said the spokesperson.

Wen said the Chinese government and people were eagerly awaiting the visit of the Indian Prime Minister to China.

Manmohan Singh said he too was looking forward to his visit that would contribute to further strengthening of friendly relations between the people of the two countries.

At another bilateral meeting between India and Japan, the two Prime Ministers, Manmohan Singh and Yasuo Fukuda, reiterated their commitment to strategic and global partnership that has been established between the two countries and exchanged views on the way to deepen the partnership.

They agreed on the need to expedite progress on projects that are part of the Special Economic Partnership Initiative. The two leaders reviewed the progress in regard to the Dedicated Freight Corridor and Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, said Sarna.

Both the leaders shared the view that the East Asia Summit is an important building block for the creation of an Asian Economic Community and pledged to work closely to further this objective.

They agreed to strengthen their cooperation in regional and multilateral fora on important issues such as UN Security council reforms and climate change.

Fukuda invited the Indian Prime Minister to visit Japan next year and Manmohan Singh accepted the invitation.



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