Chinese premier Li Keqiang wants to visit India before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh leaves for Japan.
The dates for the premier’s visit, his first trip abroad in the present capacity, are in the works, and sources indicate it can take place in the third week of May.
And, though a final call is yet to be made, this will happen before Singh goes to Japan and plans are afoot to include Thailand in the same trip of the prime minister.
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is known to have tough stand on China, especially over the matters of territorial dispute and is seen as a pro-India leader.
At the heart of China-Japan dispute lies a chain of remote islands in the East China Sea known to Japanese as the Senkaku and to Chinese as the Diaoyu. India and China are engaged in winding talks to solve their boundary dispute.
Incidentally, there is BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) bonhomie on the display as well by the new Chinese leadership.
The new Chinese President Xi Jinping made Russia his first stop last month and for his part Li would like to begin his foreign tour by visiting India first by May-end.
From Russia, Xi went to Durban to take part in the BRICS, (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Summit, where he had his first meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The proposal for the Chinese premier visit came even as Singh was planning a trip to China in June.
‘Incubation’ fund to boost research
New Delhi: To give a leg-up to science and technology, India will set up a first of its kind ‘incubation fund’ to help 100 top universities collaborate with the industry in joint research.
The fund will provide seed money for faculty and students from these select institutions to take cutting-edge ideas from the laboratory all the way to the market, with the help of industry.
This was announced by HRD minister MM Pallam Raju on Monday at a meeting with the CII. HTC