Chinese premier holds talks with Indian PM

 India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (right) and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang inspect Chinese honour guards during a welcoming ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Oct 23, 2013. Mr Li held talks with visiting Mr Singh in t
 India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (right) and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang inspect Chinese honour guards during a welcoming ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Oct 23, 2013. Mr Li held talks with visiting Mr Singh in the Great Hall of the People on Wednesday morning. -- PHOTO: AFP  

BEIJING - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang held talks with visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the Great Hall of the People on Wednesday morning.

During the talks, the two sides exchanged views on bilateral relations and other issues of common interest, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

This is the second time this year that the heads of government of the two countries have met following Mr Li's visit to India in May, Xinhua reported.

The agency also said it is the first time since 1954 that a Chinese premier and his Indian counterpart have met in each other's country in the same year,

Dr Singh arrived in Beijing on Tuesday night for a three-day official visit to China.

The report said Chinese President Xi Jinping and top legislator Zhang Dejiang will also meet with the Indian prime minister.

Dr Singh will deliver a speech at the Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.