China, India relations warm following series of economic meetings

China, India relations warm following series of economic meetings

China and India kicked off a series of meetings this week in Beijing to pave the way for a possible reciprocal visit by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

It's a move observers say shows growing mutual trust between the two countries.

Meetings under the framework of the annual Strategic Economic Dialogue and bilateral talks on trade and economic issues were held respectively on Wednesday and Friday, The Hindu newspaper said in a report on Wednesday.

Officials are cited by the report as saying the current round of consultations took on special emphasis because both sides are looking to tie up agreements to be announced when Singh visits China.

Foreign ministers from China and India also met on the sidelines of the 68th United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday. Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the China-India strategic cooperative partnership was gathering pace and making progress.

"I think the meetings are extremely important and show the ties between India and China are maturing," said B.R. Deepak, chairman of the Center of Chinese and Southeast Asian Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.

Meanwhile, another two-day meeting on border affairs is scheduled to start on Sunday in Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a news conference on Thursday.

The two sides will exchange views on the border region situation, communication and cooperation between border control departments of the two countries and specific measures on safeguarding the peace and stability of the border region, said the spokesman.

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