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Ahluwalia to lead India-China strategic economic dialogue


New Delhi : Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia will lead an Indian delegation to the first-ever strategic economic dialogue with China in Beijing Sep 26 and 27.

The Chinese side will be led by National Development and Reform Commission Chairman Zhang Ping.

“The first India-China Strategic Economic Dialogue will take place at Beijing Sep 26-27, 2011. The Indian side will be led by Ahluwalia, deputy chairman, Planning Commission. The Chinese side will be led by Zhang, chairman, National Development and Reform Commission,” a ministry of external affairs press release said here Friday.

The Indian delegation will include representatives of the Planning Commission, the ministries of railways, water resources, external affairs, power and new and renewable energy and the departments of commerce, information technology and industrial policy and promotion.

The strategic economic dialogue was established during Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s visit to India in December 2010. Discussions during the first strategic economic dialogue will focus on plan formulation and implementation in India and China, the global economic outlook, efficient use of water resources, energy efficiency and pricing and potential cooperation in the railways sector.