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‘Won’t allow disputes to cloud our cooperation’

nation Updated: May 24, 2016 07:49 IST

GUANGZHOU: Despite outstanding historical issues like the border problem, India and China have reached a consensus to prevent disputes from clouding cooperation and stalling bilateral development, Beijing has said in the run-up to President Pranab Mukherjee’s upcoming four-day visit beginning Tuesday.

Both India and China have the “ability and wisdom” to negotiate and properly handle existing problems between the two countries, China’s ministry of foreign affairs told HT.

“Historical problems such as boundary issues still remain between the two countries. It’s an important consensus to prevent the disputes from affecting the development of the two countries. We believe both countries have the ability and wisdom to properly handle related issues, and continue to strengthen cooperation in various areas so as to ensure greater development of bilateral ties,” Hua Chunying, foreign ministry spokesperson, told HT in a written statement.

Mukherjee will arrive in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong, China’s richest and most populous province on Tuesday.

Guangzhou is home to some 5,000 Indians who are mostly into commodity trading.

After attending a reception of the Indian community, a business forum and a visit to the Hualin temple with ancient Buddhist ties to India in Guangzhou, Mukherjee will fly to Beijing a day later, where he has a series of bilateral meetings beginning with President Xi Jinping.

This is Mukherjee’s first state visit to China as President and the first by an Indian President since 2010.

The foreign ministry did not respond to specific questions on the latest problems.

First Published: May 24, 2016 07:49 IST