India-China share vision for 21st Century

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Beijing, Jan 14 (UNI) Following is the text of India - China joint statemet after the meeting of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao: A Shared Vision for the 21st Century of the Republic of India and the People's Republic of China.

H E Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of the Republic of India and H E Mr Wen Jiabao, Premier of the state Council of the People's Republic of China, meeting in Beijing on 14 January 2008, resolve to promote the building of a harmonious world of durable peace and common prosperity through developing the Strategic and Cooperative Partnership for Peace and Prosperity between the two countries.

India and China (hereinafter referred to as the ''two sides'') are the two largest developing nations on earth representing more than one-third of humanity. The two sides recognize that both India and China bear a significant historical responsibility to ensure comprehensive, balanced and sustainable economic and social development in Asia and the world as a whole.

The two sides are convinced that it is time to look to the future in building a relationship of friendship and trust, based on equality, in which each is sensitive to the concerns and aspirations of the other. The two sides reiterate that India-China friendship and common development will have a positive influence on the future of the international system. India-China relations are not targeted at any country, nor will it affect their friendship with other countries.

The two sides believe that in the new century, Panhsheel, the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence, should continue to constitute the basic guiding principles for good relations between all countries and for creating the conditiions for realizing peace and progress of humankind. An international system founded on these principles will be fair, rational, equal and mutually beneficial, will promote durable peace and common prosperity, create equal opportunities and eliminate proverty and discrimination.

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