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BEIJING, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo said China and India face a golden period to grow bilateral relations, in a bylined article published on the Indian mainstream daily The Hindu on Monday.|
Dai, who is visiting India to attend the 15th meeting between special representatives on China-India border issues, said China-India relations have huge potential and broad space for cooperation.
In the mid 1950s, China and India, in response to the call of the time, jointly initiated the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence. Today, these five principles are still shining with strong vitality, Dai said in his article.
Noting the world is undergoing drastic and profound changes, he said China and India, both ancient civilizations and major developing countries whose combined population accounts for nearly two-fifths of the world's total, once again respond to the call of our time.
The two countries have seized the historic opportunity of economic globalization and achieved fast development, he said, noting that they are now the two largest emerging countries in the world and play increasingly important roles in regional and international affairs.
Dai said he was happy to note that since the beginning of the new century, the China-India Strategic and Cooperative Partnership for Peace and Prosperity has continued to grow rapidly and bilateral friendly cooperation has yielded fruitful results.
According to Dai, the bilateral trade volume has grown from 2.9 billion U.S. dollars in 2000 to 61.7 billion U.S. dollars in 2010, an increase of 20 folds in 10 years.