NEW DELHI — India and China agreed Monday to form a strategic partnership, creating a diplomatic bond between the two nuclear powers.
The agreement, announced during a South Asia tour by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, reflects a major shift for nations long suspicious of each other.
"India and China can together reshape the world order," Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said.
The partnership would promote diplomatic relations, economic ties and contribute to the two nations "jointly addressing global challenges and threats," the agreement says.
Washington, which also has courted warmer ties with India, said it welcomed the effort by New Delhi and Beijing.