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India, China not rivals: Wen, 16 Bi USD deals to be signed

New Delhi, Dec 15 (PTI) Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao today said India and China are not ''rivals'' and that there is enough space for both the countries to develop and prosper, as their companies were poised to sign 16 billion dollars worth deals.

Seeking to shore up ''fragile'' India-China ties, Wen arrived here on a three-day visit and

struck a warm chord when he said " my visit in India is a journey of friendship and journey of cooperation." China''s Ambassador Zhang Yan said yesterday that ''special care'' is needed for the ''fragile ties'' betweeen the two Asian giants.

Wen, who will have summit talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tomorrow, also rejected the oft made "dragon" and "elephant" comparison between China and India.

"China and India are partners for cooperation and not rivals in competition. There is enough space in the world for the development of both China and India and there are enough areas for us to cooperate," he said addressing industry leaders of the two countries at a meeting organised by the apex chambers here in his first major engagement.

He said some people described China and India as economic competitors and likened them to a ''dragon'' and an ''elephant.''

"I don''t agree with such a view and I don''t think business people agree either," Wen said.

After multi-billion dollar deals with US and French companies, Indian businesses are due to ink USD 16 billion worth deals with China''s industry.

Wen himself made a reference to the deals when he said "The (investment and trade promotion) mission is scheduled to sign economic and trade agreement worth more than USD 16 billion with Indian companies."

In a statement immediately after his arrival here, Wen said, "My current visit is aimed at promoting friendship, expanding cooperation, building on our past achievements and opening up new dimensions for mutual benefit and common development of the two countries."

Six Tibetans were detained as they staged a demonstration outside Taj Palace Hotel, where Wen is staying, while a large group of people marched through the streets in the capital to protest against his visit..

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India, Pak should resolve Kashmir with friendly talks: China

Describing India and Pakistan as its important neighbours, China on Thursday said the two countries should engage in "friendly consultations" to resolve the Kashmir [ Images ] issue and strengthen their cooperation for peace and stability in South Asia.China regarded both India and Pakistan as important neighbours and friends, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu told mediapersons, replying to questions on Indo-Pak ties.

"We hope the two can strengthen cooperation and exchanges to improve relations, which is important for peace and stability in South Asia," she said."As for territorial dispute of Kashmir between India and Pakistan, we hold that two sides should engage in friendly consultations and resolve the issue," Jiang added.Both India and Pakistan are China's "friendly neighbours" and "we sincerely hope that the two countries can co-exist in a friendly manner and jointly contribute to peace and development," she said without directly responding to a question on New Delhi's charges that Pakistan harboured militant outfits planning terrorist attacks against India.

Apparently hesitant to take questions on Indo-Pak ties as Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is currently on a visit to New Delhi, Jiang pointed to Wen's remarks that India and China are partners rather than competitors and his emphasis that the two should focus on their complementarities to seek common development.Wen, who held talks with Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on Thursday, is scheduled to visit Pakistan from Friday on a three-day trip to hold wide-ranging consultations with its leadership, with whom China enjoyed all-weather relations.

Ahead of Wen's visit to Islamabad, Pakistan's Ambassador to China, Masood Khan, said Islamabad expects Beijing to play a "bigger role" in persuading India to hold a sustainable dialogue with it to resolve Kashmir and other issues. "We hope China will, over time, be able to persuade India to have sustainable dialogue with Pakistan for the resolution of all outstanding issues, including Kashmir," he told state-run Global Times.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said his country is "anxiously waiting" for Wen's visit. "It is not only about government-to-government contacts with China, it is also people-to-people contacts," Gilani said in an interview to China's official Xinhua news agency.Gilani said Wen's visit will focus on the strategic partnership, economic and trade cooperation and people-to-people contacts.

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