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India, China hold talks on boundary

PM Manmohan Singh expresses confidence that the two neighbours can find a "mutually satisfactory" solution to the vexed issue.

india Updated: Jan 15, 2008 17:58 IST
VS Chandrasekar
VS Chandrasekar

India and China on Tuesday held in-camera negotiations on the vexed boundary issue as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed confidence that the two neighbours can find a "mutually satisfactory" solution to the border dispute.

The boundary between the two countries is peaceful, Singh said addressing scholars at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the premier think-tank of China. "We are both determined to keep it so while our Special Representatives seek a settlement of the boundary question."

In April, 2005 during the visit of Premier Wen Jiabao to India, the two governments agreed on a set of Political Parameters and Guiding Principles for the settlement of the boundary question, Singh recalled.

"We are confident that those Principles will guide us to a mutually satisfactory solution of this issue. We have also agreed to set up a mechanism to look at trans-boundary rivers, and will make a success of its work."

He said India was satisfied with the results so far and was convinced that the potential for India-China relations was great and would be realised. The Special Representatives of the two countries, National Security Advisor MK Narayanan and Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Dai Bingguo, met to take forward the dialogue process during informal negotiations.

PM meets Hu

Manmohan said India and China must do everything in their power to strengthen their multi-faceted cooperation and build "new ties" of friendship and partnership as he held talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Hu, on his part, congratulated Singh on the success of his "short but very productive" maiden visit to the country. "I have come here with the strong belief that our two countries must do everything in their power to strengthen our multi-faceted cooperation, build new ties of friendship and partnership," Singh said in his opening remarks as the two leaders met.

Noting that China and India are today the fastest growing economies, Singh said "at a time when there are considerable uncertainties about the global economy, the strong growth of China and India is a positive public international good for the benefit of Asia and for the world community as a whole."

Hu noted that on Monday, Singh had a "productive discussion" with Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and they reached a "broad common understanding". "You two signed a Shared Vision for 21st Century and signed other documents of cooperation between the two countries," Hu said.