Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Wednesday that India was committed to improving its relations with China in an “all-round manner.”

In a message to Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Dr. Singh said the occasion was “an important milestone in the life of China and an occasion for celebrations of your great nation’s many achievements in the last 60 years. As a friendly neighbour and a developing nation, we in India share your sense of happiness on this important occasion.”

Dr. Singh said the strategic and cooperative partnership for peace and prosperity established by India and China developed over the past four years. “Our shared vision for the 21st century is also reflected in our wide-ranging cooperation and coordination on pressing global and international issues.”

Yang Jiechi’s visit

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi will visit India next month to take part in the second standalone Russia-India-China (RIC) meeting in Bangalore. He will be joined by his Indian and Russian counterparts S.M. Krishna and Sergei Lavrov but bilateral issues are not on the agenda.

Deliberations

The three Foreign Ministers are expected to deliberate on climate change, restructuring of multilateral funding agencies and the global economic recession, besides regional issues.

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