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PM favours collective fight against terror

Manmohan Singh says India and China must cooperate in creating a world of positive externalities and prosperity.

world Updated: Jan 15, 2008 11:59 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said danger to development comes from extremism of all types and favoured a collective fight against terrorism even as he unveiled his vision of the future of Sino-Indian ties that would focus on mutual prosperity rather than animosity.

In a veiled reference to events in Pakistan and perhaps forces at home, Singh said the rise of non-state actors, often based on intolerance, and narrow conceptions of identity, and was a threat to all civilised nations.

"Perhaps the greatest danger to our development comes from extremism of all types, whether in the garb of religion or on the pretext of righting historical wrongs," Singh said in his speech to Chinese think-tank "Chinese Academy of Social Sciences" here.

"Recent developments in our neighbourhood have brought home to us again the imperative need to collectively fight terrorism and extremism in all forms. As large and diverse societies, we are all placed to demonstrate the benefits of moderation and peaceful co-existence," he said on the last day of his three-day visit.

In his speech, Singh unveiled his vision of the future of Sino-Indian relations, saying India and China must cooperate in creating a world of positive externalities and mutual prosperity, rather than one based on balance of power calculations and animosity.

"This involves India and China working together closely to ensure a global order in which our simultaneous development will have a positive influence not only on our own economies but also on the rest of the world," he said a day after India and China agreed to cooperate in various sectors, including civil nuclear energy.