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India, China to review bilateral relations

Foreign ministers of India and China would review the entire gamut of bilateral relations in the backdrop of heightened rhetoric over the border issue and other irritants when they meet in Bangalore on Tuesday on margins of the annual ministerial meeting of Russia, India and China (RIC).

india Updated: Oct 26, 2009 23:14 IST

Foreign ministers of India and China would review the entire gamut of bilateral relations in the backdrop of heightened rhetoric over the border issue and other irritants when they meet in Bangalore on Tuesday on margins of the annual ministerial meeting of Russia, India and China (RIC).

"When (the) Foreign Ministers (of India and China) meet (tomorrow) they will discuss the entire gamut of relationship. Nothing is off the table", External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vishnu Prakash told reporters in Bangalore.

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi would hold elaborate discussions on the irritants between the two Asian giants.

The bilateral meeting comes two days after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met on the sidelines of the ASEAN-India summit in Thailand, where they agreed not to magnify their differences.

The Krishna-Yang meeting is due to take place in the afternoon after the RIC trilateral meeting.
"So, the Foreign Ministers will come to review the relationship, they will cover the aspects of relationship which are important for both countries", Prakash said but declined to go into specifics, saying he would not like to pre-judge what they are going to discuss.

While there are differences between New Delhi and Beijing, both sides have maturity, mechanisms and framework to address them, he said.