Thursday, October 9, 2008

Indian PM to attend ASEM summit in Beijing this month

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will go to China as an invitee to the ASEM summit of Asian and European leaders later this month, Indo Asian News Agency reported Thursday.

This is the first time that India will be participating in the summit that brings together leaders and representatives of 45 nations from the two continents, said Indo Asian News Agency.

The 7th Asia-Europe Meeting summit in Beijing Oct 24-25 will focus on expanding dialogue and cooperation between Asia and Europe on a wide range of global issues ranging from terrorism and security issues to multilateral trade, climate change and nuclear non-proliferation.

India, along with Pakistan and Mongolia, were invited to join the ASEM only two years ago.

Manmohan Singh will also hold bilateral talks with China's President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao on the sidelines of the ASEM summit, official sources said.

Source: Xinhua

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