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Chinese premier says world peace impossible without trust between Beijing and India

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    Chinese Premiere Li Keqiang, right, and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wave during Li's ceremonial reception at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi, India, Monday, May 20, 2013. Just weeks after a tense border standoff, China's new premier visited India on Sunday on his first foreign three-day trip as the neighboring giants look to speed up efforts to settle a decades-old boundary dispute and boost economic ties. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das) (The Associated Press)

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    Chinese premier Li Keqiang, second left, talks to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, second right, upon Li's arrival for a ceremonial reception at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi, India, Monday, May 20, 2013. Just weeks after a tense border standoff, China's new premier visited India on Sunday on his first foreign three-day trip as the neighboring giants look to speed up efforts to settle a decades-old boundary dispute and boost economic ties. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das) (The Associated Press)

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    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, center, lays a wreath during a visit to Rajghat, the memorial to the late Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi, India, Monday, May 20, 2013. Just weeks after a tense border standoff, China's new premier visited India on Sunday on his first foreign three-day trip as the neighboring giants look to speed up efforts to settle a decades-old boundary dispute and boost economic ties. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup) (The Associated Press)

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    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, left, pays floral tribute during a visit to the Mahatma Gandhi memorial in New Delhi, India, Monday, May 20, 2013. Just weeks after a tense border standoff, China's new premier visited India on Sunday on his first foreign three-day trip as the neighboring giants look to speed up efforts to settle a decades-old boundary dispute and boost economic ties. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup) (The Associated Press)

China's new premier says he chose India as the site of his first foreign visit because cooperation between the world's two most populous nations is crucial to world stability and economic growth.

Li Keqiang spoke to reporters Monday morning in New Delhi after being received by a ceremonial honor guard.

Li's visit comes at a time of tension between the neighboring Asia giants. Last month, India said Chinese troops crossed the countries' de facto border. The standoff ended after three weeks with the Chinese troops' pulling back.

Li told reporters that regional stability and world peace can't be achieve without mutual trust between India and China.