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Wen visit: China, India announce
five-year co-operation plan 

What is India News Service, Monday, 11 April 2005, 1400 hrs IST

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao on Monday said the two nations have agreed on a five-year plan for comprehensive co-operation in economy and trade to promote bilateral ties.

He said the two countries had decided on inking an agreement on guiding principles of settlement of boundary question.

"This is a very important visit in the history of our relations and I am sure this visit will certainly continue to promote friendly ties and cooperation between our two countries," Wen, who is here on a four-day visit, told reporters after being accorded a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

With Prime Minister Manmohan Singh standing beside him, the Chinese Premier expressed confidence that "we will be able to bring even closer our partnership".

"We are going to agree on guiding principles of settlement of the India-China boundary question," Wen said. He said the two countries were set to release a five-year plan for comprehensive economic cooperation and trade.

"We are going to put in place a bridge of friendship linking our two countries, a bridge that will lead both of us to the future," said Wen who reached here yesterday after a day-long stay in Bangalore.

The two countries, in an effort to resolve the boundary issue, have agreed on a three-tier process, comprising an accord on the guiding principles at the first stage, agreed framework in the second and actual delineation of the border in the third.

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Wen was positive about co-operation:
 The China premier, now on an India visit, said he would sign a broad five-year co-operation agreement with India.

Muraleedharan was expelled: The faction fight in the Kerala unit of the Congress has prompted the axing of former CM Karunakaran's son.

Time listed Manmohan: The Indian prime minister is on the magazine's 100 most powerful men list.