China pitches for boosting trade with India

Published: 28th June 2013 06:36 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th June 2013 06:36 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

Chinese Ambassador to India Wei Wei today pitched for expanding trade in services, promoting two-way investment and enhancing cooperation in infrastructure development to reach the trade target of USD 100 billion by 2015 set by the two countries.

Acknowledging that trade imbalance between the two countries was "still serious", causing widespread concern in India, Wei said China had taken "positive measures" to expand imports from the country and joint efforts could help achieve overall balance and sustainable development in bilateral trade.

He said bilateral economic and trade cooperation between China and India had witnessed a steady development with the volume reaching USD 66.5 billion in 2012, a 250 times jump over USD 260 million in 1990, but the scale of bilateral investment was "so small" causing concerns of both sides.

In his address to the Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce, he also said the two sides still needed to continue to work together not only to release "positive energy" in the area of bilateral friendship but also to enhance trust and dispel doubts on specific issues.

"I believe that sensitive issues in bilateral relations such as those on border and cross-border rivers, Tibet and trade imbalances can be properly addressed on the basis of mutual trust," he said.

"The more profound mutual trust the two countries and two peoples have, the better our relationship will develop," Wei said.

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