PM, Hu review bilateral ties

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chinese President Hu Jintao on Thursday reviewed bilateral ties including the vexed boundary dispute and decided to continue dialogue to resolve outstanding issues.

At a brief ceremony at the Prime Minister's official residence, Hu and Singh also declared 2012 as the year of India-China friendship.

"The border issue was discussed and the two leaders agreed that the Special Representative process should continue to find an amicable solution to the issue," an official said.

In their hour-long meeting, the two leaders expressed satisfaction that the two countries were on course in achieving the $100-billion trade target set for 2015. Hu promised Singh of facilitating access for Indian goods to Chinese markets, a move that would lead to reduction of the trade imbalances, officials said.

Singh invited Chinese investments in India, particularly in infrastructure and manufacturing sectors.
The two leaders also decided to expand consultation to include West Asia, Central Asia and Africa, they said.

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