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Sino-Indian ties will check arms race

CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday said improved ties between India and China would slow down the arms race in the world. Friendly ties between the two neighbours would increase the spirit of co-existence and spread peace that would ultimately decrease arms race in the world, the Chief Minister said during his meeting with the Chinese envoy to India, Sun Yuxi, who called on him at his official residence here.

india Updated: Apr 21, 2006 00:56 IST
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CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday said improved ties between India and China would slow down the arms race in the world.

Friendly ties between the two neighbours would increase the spirit of co-existence and spread peace that would ultimately decrease arms race in the world, the Chief Minister said during his meeting with the Chinese envoy to India, Sun Yuxi, who called on him at his official residence here.

India had always favoured friendly relations with its neighbours and ties between India and China could further improve on the basis of Panchsheel, Yadav said.

The Chinese envoy informed the chief minister about the programmes planned during the India-China friendship year being observed this year and said mutual exchange in the field of culture, tourism and trade could further strengthen centuries-old bonds.

On the ties specifically with UP, the envoy gave his approval to the workshop of Buddhist leaders of UP and China. Citing cultural ties with UP, he said Buddhism had spread in his country from the State and the ‘friendship yatra’ proposed during the year-long festivities would also cover Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, which were most important from the Buddhist tourism point of view. He said a documentary film would also be shot on the spread of Buddhism from UP and Bihar.

First Published: Apr 21, 2006 00:56 IST