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PM likely to meet Jiabao in Thailand

delhi Updated: Oct 16, 2009 21:49 IST

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India on Friday did not rule out the possibility of a meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao in Thailand on the sidelines of ASEAN Summit next week, a development that would be significant in view of the recent war of words between the two countries.

Official sources in New Delhi said it was quite normal for leaders of the two countries to meet on the sidelines of multilateral fora and the meeting was not ruled out.

The Chinese Premier has already evinced interest in meeting Singh in Thailand where the two leaders would assemble from October 24.

The meeting would be significant as the two countries have been recently locked in recriminations over Arunachal Pradesh and other issues.

Notwithstanding the war of words, the two countries are also proceeding with the setting up of a hotline between their Prime Ministers as per the decision reached in April as a confidence-building measure.

The two countries will have another high-level political contact in New Delhi when Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jeichi visits for Russia-India-China meeting on October 26.

India is seeking to downplay the incidents of border incursions by Chinese troops and protests by China over the visit of the Prime Minister to Arunachal, saying there is nothing new in these.

The sources said China has been stating its positions whenever any central leader visits Arunachal and India responds appropriately.