Thu, 24 Oct 2013 19:00:00 GMT | By Reuters

China hails Manmohan’s three-day visit as ‘great success’

Singh was one of the rare foreign leaders invited to address the elite Central school of the Communist Party


China hails Manmohan (© Reuters)

Beijing: Praising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as a renowned statesman, China on Thursday termed his three- day visit here a "great success" as it sent a "positive and powerful message" that the two countries are committed to work together.

"The two sides sent a positive and powerful message that the two countries are committed to working together," said foreign minister Wang Yi, who accompanied Singh to the ruling Communist Party's Central School here.

Wang also termed Singh's visit as a "great success". "Once again congratulate him (Singh) on the high success of his visit," he said.

He hoped that China-India relationship will flourish further in future and friendship will last forever.

"The Prime Minister gave a magnificent and substantive speech that fits his status as a world renowned statesman. It provides lot of inspiration for all of us," he said.

Singh was one of the rare foreign leaders invited to address the elite school which produced almost all top CPC leaders in the post-Mao era. President Xi Jinping headed the school until he took over the leadership of the country this year.

Singh was accorded a rousing reception when arrived to address the middle-rung leaders of the Communist Party at the school in Beijing's outskirts.

The school's vice-president He Yiting introduced Singh as a leading economist and the father of Indian economic reforms. The success of India can be attributed to the hard work of Singh, He said.

The audience included several top provincial administrators who are attending the orientation courses periodically run by CPC to give them ideological direction.

One such official was mayor of a city from Hainan province. He told that he was deeply impressed by the sincerity and clarity of Singh who spoke on both complementarities and problems between the two countries.

Singh in his address outlined eight areas of cooperation and six principles of China engagement and interaction.

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