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Chinese PM's India Visit to Focus on Trade, Border Dispute

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao has begun a four-day visit to India aimed at enhancing bilateral trade and helping solve a four-decade-old border dispute.

Mr. Wen arrived Saturday in Bangalore, India's high-technology capital. He plans to meet his Indian counterpart, Manmohan Singh, on Monday.

The two sides are expected to discuss efforts to end the border dispute, which led to a brief war in 1962. Relations between the two countries have improved significantly in recent months.

Officials and observers also say the two countries are eager to develop their trade, which reached $13 billion last year. They say China wants to establish a common free trade area between the two countries with a combined population of more than two billion.

Mr. Wen is on the last leg of a week-long, four-nation tour of South Asia tour.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.