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PM, Wen for speedy boundary solution

They ask their special representatives to act with "greater vigour and innovativeness" to resolve the dispute.

india Updated: Jan 14, 2007 17:44 IST

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held talks with his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao in Cebu on Sunday and asked their special representatives to act with "greater vigour and innovativeness" to resolve the boundary dispute between Asia's two giant neigbhours.

Although the issue of civilian nuclear cooperation was not discussed at the talks, India also expressed hope that China "would not be an obstacle" to New Delhi's quest for global civilian nuclear cooperation in the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group.

"We will be able to resolve the issue. Both leaders have asked their special representatives (on the boundary issue) to act with greater vigour and innovativeness," National Security Adviser MK Narayanan told reporters after talks in Cebu between Manmohan Singh and Wen on the sidelines of the India-ASEAN summit.

Manmohan Singh and Wen held talks on a wide range of bilateral and global issues, including burgeoning bilateral trade and economic ties and the situation in Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan.

"It's not an issue of incremental movement. There is no sense of emergency. Both sides are committed to resolving the border issue in a manner that is satisfactory for both sides," Narayanan said. "We hope to make some progress," he stressed.

He said this when he was asked a question on whether he expected any progress in his two-day talks with Chinese Special Representative Dai Bingguo that begins on Wednesday in New Delhi.

Manmohan Singh is likely to visit China later this year.

"The meeting was in a sense an extremely useful and fruitful one. It logically and sequentially followed discussions the Chinese President Hu Jintao had with Manmohan Singh last year," Narayanan said.

Narayanan also sought to dispel the impression that India and China were rivals and said they are friends and partners in an emerging world order.

"Whatever anybody might say, India and China are friendly neighbours and also share a common view on how they see the world.

"Both leaders also said that the simultaneous rise of India and China from economic, strategic and political perspectives is something the world should take note of," Narayanan said.