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Indo-China border row
Published on 31 Oct. 2010 12:55 AM IST
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A day after meeting his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said they had resolved to find “pragmatic and mutually satisfactory” solution to the border problem and remove “misunderstandings” to strengthen ties.
Singh said he had discussed with Wen the totality of issues in a general way and he agreed with the Chinese premier that there was enough space in the world for both the countries to grow and that they should cooperate and collaborate.
“We reaffirmed the two countries’ resolve to find a practical, pragmatic and mutually satisfactory solution to the border problem,” he told reporters on his way back home after a seven-day tour that took him to Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam.
The Prime Minister was asked about the sense of his meeting with Wen, which came in the backdrop of irritants resulting from China impliedly questioning the status of Jammu and Kashmir as also by laying claim to Arunachal Pradesh.
Recognising the complexity of the border issue, the two sides had agreed that pending a solution to it “peace and tranquillity should be maintained along the border.” Singh and Wen had on Friday instructed their special representatives on the issue to “work our way to solutions to all the issues that are difficult in our relationship, including boundary question”.
The special representatives -- India’s national security adviser Shivshankar Menon and top Chinese official Dai Bingguo -- will meet in Beijing next month.
“Whatever Premier Wen said, I agree. India-China relations should be strengthened. Whatever misunderstandings are there should be removed,” the PM said. In this context, Singh said he had invited Wen to visit India and he had accepted to do so in the near future.
During the meeting on Friday in Hanoi on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit, Singh took up with Wen “difficult questions” impacting on Sino-Indian ties and pressed for “sensitivity” to India’s “core issues”.
The two leaders, while going through the entire range of relationship taking the “larger strategic view,” also discussed the economic aspect of the ties in the backdrop of concerns in India over the big trade imbalance in favour of China.
Just before Wen and Manmohan Singh met, China insisted publicly that it would continue to give stapled visas to Indians from Jammu and Kashmir -- a sign that Beijing disputed New Delhi’s control over the state.
A commentary in a state-run Chinese daily also hinted that India’s attempt to forget better relations with the Far East was probably aimed at encircling China.

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