Zhou Yongkang Meets with Indian Foreign Minister Krishna
On February 8, 2012, Zhou Yongkang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee & secretary of the Committee of Political and Legislative Affairs of the CPC Central Committee, met with visiting Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna at the Great Hall of the People.
Zhou recalled his visit to India in 2010 on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of China-India diplomatic ties. During the visit, Zhou had candid, friendly and in-depth exchanges of views on issues of common concern with Indian Prime Minister Singh, President of the Indian Congress Party Sonia Gandhi and other leaders and attended the second seminar on Sino-Indian relations with the Indian Foreign Minister. He said the visit showcased the friendship of Indian people and the growing momentum of China-India relations.
Zhou said the 21st century should be a century of peace, friendship and cooperation. China and India, as the world's largest developing countries and emerging economies, enjoy rare opportunities for national development and huge room for bilateral cooperation. Zhou said he hoped the two sides can deepen political trust, improve personnel exchanges, properly handle questions left over by history, such as the border issue, and jointly safeguard peace and harmony in border areas. He also hoped that both nations can expand pragmatic cooperation in infrastructure construction, information technology and manufacturing in order to boost two-way trade to 100 billion U.S. dollars by 2015 and push China-India strategic cooperative partnership to a new level. Zhou also expressed his appreciation for India's firm support for China on Tibet issues, stating that the issues concern China's national interests and that the Chinese government will crack down on secessionists and safeguard its territorial integrity according to relevant laws.
Krishna hailed the achievements of cooperation between both sides in recent years, saying that India and China have maintained sound coordination in dealing with major international affairs. The Indian government is committed to consolidating and promoting India-China friendly and cooperative relations, Krishna said, reiterating that India recognizes Tibet as a part of China and will not allow any forces to use its territory to get involved in anti-China activities.