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Trade tops agenda at Indo-China meeting


Trade tops agenda at Indo-China meeting


Hoping to turn a cagey friendship into a more trusting relationship, the Chinese President has flown to India for a four-day visit. Hu Jintao and his wife touched down in New Delhi on Monday evening, ahead of discussions of a range of bilateral and global issues. Hu and the Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, are expected to sign around 10 agreements over a range of issues, including trade, education and health.

Trade between the two countries will probably exceed 15.6 billion euros this year. But although China and India are expected to discuss a mooted free trade area, nothing is likely to be finalised this week. China has about 30 projects in India, the largest number Beijing has in any country abroad. Talks on the decades-old border row between the Asian giants are also on the agenda and, in an attempt to boost levels of confidence, a so-called hotline between the foreign ministers will be set up.

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