Chinese, Indian leaders call for cooperation
NEW DELHI (AP) - The leaders of India and China played down their recent border dispute and other tensions on Monday, pledging to work together for regional stability and the economic growth of the world's two most populous nations.
Friction has been building between the Asian giants in recent years as they vie for regional influence and access to fuel needed to feed their growing economies. Mr Li Keqiang's trip to India, his first visit abroad since becoming Chinese premier, seems intended to minimise those tensions.
The three-day visit is part of an outreach mission by the new Chinese leadership to large emerging economies aimed at balancing Beijing's fraught ties with the United States.
In that vein, Mr Li - and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh - sought on Monday to focus on the opportunities for cooperation between their nations.