K.V. Prasad

NEW DELHI: Chinese president Hu Jintao told the Left parties on Wednesday that his visit had a positive outcome and that India-China relations, transcending bilateral relations, had assumed a "global scope."

He said the relations between the Communist Party of China and the Left parties could be strengthened further with more exchanges and learning from each other's experiences.

Mr. Hu's observations came at a meeting Left leaders had with him.

Responding to his suggestion, the Left parties said teams could be sent to study different sectors in China (like agriculture) and learn from their experience.

CPI (M) general secretary Prakash Karat, welcoming the outcome of the talks between the two sides, was confident that this would mark further strengthening of relations.

The Left parties viewed the growing relations as cooperative and complementary and not based on rivalry and competition, a CPI (M) press release said.

Besides Mr. Karat, the other leaders who called on Mr. Hu included CPI (M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury, CPI general secretary A.B. Bardhan and party MP S. Sudhakar Reddy, All India Forward Bloc general secretary Debabrata Biswas and secretary G. Devarajan.

Mr. Yechury said Mr. Hu expressed satisfaction over the visit and hoped it would be carried forward when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made a return visit in the first half of next year.

Fraternal relations

CPI general secretary Mr. Bardhan said the meeting was on the basis of the fraternal relations the Left parties had with the Communist Party of China.

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