A strong China-India partnership can help Asia become the dominant force of the 21st century, President Hu Jintao said on the final day of his visit to India Thursday, AFP reported. Speaking at a trade summit in Mumbai, Hu reiterated called for movement towards a free-trade agreement between China and India to boost bilateral trade, particularly in the countries' border regions. Hu, who was accompanied to the summit by a 120-strong business delegation, also spoke of the need for a more energy cooperation, saying "it will help us bid for third country contracts better". The remarks were the end piece to a visit in which the Chinese leader has reached out to New Delhi, calling for enhanced "mutual trust" and saying he wants to "chart a new course" in bilateral relations. The nations have agreed to double trade to US$40 billion by 2010 and speed up efforts to resolve the border row that saw them go to war in 1962.