Tibet is part of Chinese territory, says India
In an attempt to speed up resolution of the border dispute, India and China on Tuesday agreed to appoint a special representative to explore from the political perspective of the overall bilateral relationship a framework on the boundary settlement.
In the first-ever joint declaration of principles of relations and comprehensive cooperation signed by Prime Minster Atal Bihari Vajpayee and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao, India recognised that the Tibetan autonomous region is part of the territory of the People's Republic of China.
It reiterated that New Delhi will not allow Tibetans to engage in anti-China political activities in India.
The declaration and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)on expanding border trade, also initialled on Monday by ministers of the two countries, were made public on Tuesday.
The two sides reaffirmed their readiness to seek a fair, reasonable and a mutually acceptable solution through consultations on equal footing.
On the border trade the two countries agreed that pending an ultimate solution, they will work together to maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas.
They reiterated their commitment to continue implementation of the agreement signed for the purpose, including the clarification of the Line of Actual Control.
In the MoU on expanding border trade, the Indian side agreed to designate Changgu of Sikkim state as a venue for the border trade market.
The Chinese side agreed to designate Renqinggang of the Tibetan autonomous region as the venue for the border trade.
The two countries agreed to use Nathu La as a pass for entry and exit of persons, means of transport and commodities engaged in border trade.