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Let’s meet halfway to resolve border row: Chinese team

Jayanth Jacob, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 28, 2012
First Published: 22:58 IST(28/11/2012) | Last Updated: 01:54 IST(29/11/2012)

A top delegation of the Chinese Communist Party (CPC), which met the leaders of Congress, BJP and the Left, called for a compromise in solving the boundary issue, saying both sides should meet “half way.”


The delegation was en-route to Sri Lanka from Pakistan, updating the neighbours about the CPC national congress and the leadership change in the country.

Terming the boundary dispute a “relic of the colonial era”, Li Junru, former vice-president of CPC's Central Party School and member of the Standing Committee of the CPPCC (Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference said here on Wednesday that “both sides should reach a compromise.”

“The two countries should meet (the) half way and address the boundary issue. This issue resulted in two sides not realizing the potential in the bilateral ties. We should meet each other half way,” he said.

Li Junru said despite an incident in the past (1962 war), both countries succeeded in reducing the tension and have been holding discussions to resolve the issue.

The two countries had 15 rounds of talks at the level of special representatives since 2003. National security advisor Shiv Shankar Menon will meet Chinese state councillor Dai Bingguo for an ‘informal’ parley in Beijing on December 3 and 4.

He maintained that China has no “hegemonic” ambition but it will defend its sovereignty, while answering to a question on China being more assertive on South and East China Sea. The leader said the vested interests are creating trouble in South and East China sea as these waters remained free of dispute since the founding of People’s Republic of China.

Answering a question of Chinese keeping the social media network under a leash, he said Beijing wants to have “vigour, vitality and order” in social media hence the restriction.

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