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Panchsheel to be celebrated

India and China, joint initiators of the famous 'Panchsheel' treaty, on Monday decided to celebrate the 50th anniversary in befitting manner, External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha said.

india Updated: Jun 23, 2003 19:36 IST

India and China, joint initiators of the famous 'Panchsheel' treaty, on Monday decided to celebrate the 50th anniversary in befitting manner, External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha said.

An agreement to this effect was reached during the official talks held here between Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and his Chinese counterpart, Wen Jiabao, Sinha told reporters soon after the over two-hour talks between the two leaders here at the Great Hall of the People.

The details of the celebrations would be worked out by officials of the two foreign ministries in due course, he said.

India and China signed the famous Panchsheel treaty on April 29, 1954.

The agreement was signed between former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his Chinese counterpart Chou-en-Lai.

Panchsheel literally means five norms of good conduct, viz, mutual respect for each other's territorial integrity and sovereignty, mutual non-aggression, mutual non-interference in each other's internal affairs, equality and mutual benefit and peaceful co-existence.

First Published: Jun 23, 2003 16:29 IST