By Mrityunjay Singh Toyako(Japan), July 8 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh shared common country challenges with Chinese President Hu Jintao on Tuesday, who expressed his willingness to work with India in various fields during a discussion here on the sidelines of the Group of eight Summit.
Both leaders discussed bilateral relations and global issues such as climate change, energy and food security.
President Hu said that China-India relations are in the best period and are facing a valuable opportunity for development.
India and China as major developing countries, bear the common tasks of developing economy, improving people's livelihood, safeguarding world peace, and promoting common development, Hu added.
Hu said that China is ready to strengthen contact and coordination with India to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries to achieve common development.
He added that cooperation on major international and regional issues would create an environment of peace and stability, equality and mutual trust, and win-win cooperation.
Manmohan Singh described India and China as strategic partners and expressed that New Delhi is willing to promote friendly and cooperative relations with China.
He said both sides have witnessed rapid economic growth during the past several years and have had consultations and cooperation in global and regional issues like climate change and food prices.
Singh suggested that both sides make joint efforts to preserve peace and tranquility in the border areas before a final resolution is achieved. He also expressed hope that the two sides would continue to facilitate the process.
Hu also sought India's support for the forthcoming 2008 Beijing Olympics, which described as a grand sports event for Asia, as well as for the world at large.
He said he expected an outstanding performance by Indian athletes at the Olympics.
Singh said India is delighted to see the achievement made by China and wished all success for the Beijing Olympics.
Hu also expressed China's thanks to India for its timely support and assistance in providing relief to China's quake-hit Sichuan Province.
He also condemned the bomb attack at the Indian Embassy in Kabul, which claimed 41 live, and offered condolences to the families of the victims.