Press Esc to close
Saturday 01 November 2014
News updated at 12:39 AM IST
Weather
Max: 28.4°C
Min : 18°C
In Bangalore
Partially cloudy

Wen to Manmohan: aware of need to balance trade with India

Phnom Penh, Nov 19, 2012 (IANS)

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Monday told Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that China is aware of the need for balancing bilateral trade that is heavily in favour of Beijing.

The two leaders met for 45 minutes here, perhaps the last such official meeting with the Chinese premier set to leave office in view of the leadership change in that country.

Manmohan Singh raised the issue of increasing India's market access to China, especially for IT, services and pharmaceuticals.


He emphasised the need for greater market access and increasing Indian exports to China, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai said while briefing Indian journalists on the talks.
Wen said he is "cognisant of India's interests" for the need to balance trade, and said it will be done "gradually".

While the code of conduct for the South China Sea did not figure in the bilateral talks, Mathai said India favours such a code in the sea, to "make it an area of cooperation". Countries of the Asia and Pacific are demanding such a code in the South China Sea, a major trading waterway where China has been trying to establish control.

India-China bilateral trade hit a record $73.9 billion last year, but the ballooning trade deficit in Beijing's favour rose to over $27 billion.

The bilateral trade registered a $12.2 billion increase in 2011, taking the total to $73.9 billion as against $61.7 billion in 2010, according to official trade figures for 2011.

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping is set to become president after being anointed general secretary of the communist party, while Li Keqiang is to be the prime minister, taking over from President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao respectively.

Manmohan Singh is visiting Phnom Penh from Nov 18-20, 2012 to attend the 10th ASEAN-India Summit and the 7th East Asia Summit

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
A view of the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on the occasion of his birth anniversary...

A view of the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on the occasion of his birth anniversary...

Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi paying tribute to former Prime Minister...

Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi paying tribute to former Prime Minister...

Artists perform during a function on the occasion of birth anniversary of Sardar...

Artists perform during a function on the occasion of birth anniversary of Sardar...

Members of Thamizhar Vazhvurimai Koottamaippu during a protest against Sri Lankan court's...

Members of Thamizhar Vazhvurimai Koottamaippu during a protest against Sri Lankan court's...

Indian cricket players during their practice session at barabati stadium in Cuttack...

Indian cricket players during their practice session at barabati stadium in Cuttack...

Delhi Police band performs at India Gate near Amar Jawan Jyoti to salute Sardar...

Delhi Police band performs at India Gate near Amar Jawan Jyoti to salute Sardar...

Army soldiers patrolling after an IED was recovered in a gas cylinder near the Circuit House...

Army soldiers patrolling after an IED was recovered in a gas cylinder near the Circuit House...

Tourist take pictures from a boat as people bath in the Ganges river in Varanasi...

Tourist take pictures from a boat as people bath in the Ganges river in Varanasi...

Devendra Fadnavis being sworn-in as the new Maharashtra Chief Minister by Governor...

Devendra Fadnavis being sworn-in as the new Maharashtra Chief Minister by Governor...

A camel herder sits as he feeds his camels at the annual cattle fair in Pushkar, in the Rajasthan...

A camel herder sits as he feeds his camels at the annual cattle fair in Pushkar, in the Rajasthan...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523