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Indo-China issue need to be resolved: Zhou
New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS):
Published on 2 Nov. 2010 1:31 AM IST
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Ahead of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s visit here in December, senior Chinese Communist Party leader Zhou Yongkang Monday called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and conveyed that the two countries needed to resolve difficult issues from a “strategic height”. India, on its part, said that both sides should address each other’s “concerns and sensitivities” on various issues.
Zhou, who began his three-day visit to India Sunday, met Manmohan Singh and conveyed the message of the top Chinese leadership about Beijing’s sincere desire to develop relations with India in all sectors and to deal with differences from a long-term perspective, said informed sources.
When the prime ministers of India and China shake hands, the world notices, Manmohan Singh told Zhou, the ninth top ranking leader in the Communist party who is in India at the invitation of the Congress party.
Zhou’s visit kicks off a string of high-level official interactions, including the boundary talks between special representatives of the two countries this month and the visit of the Chinese premier to India in December.
The visit comes amid differences between the two countries over a host of issues.
Hotline between PMs of India, China soon
Observing that India-China relations are “grossly under-utilised”, external affairs minister SM Krishna on Monday said the two countries should leverage their strengths while being sensitive to each other’s concerns to realise the true potential in the ties.
He said the divergence of views between the two sides was often “exaggerated” and the two sides should not just cooperate but “must be seen doing so by the rest of the world.”
Speaking at a seminar on Sino-India relations, Krishna said a hotline between the Prime Ministers of the two countries was expected to be made operational soon.
“While we accept that there are outstanding issues between the two large countries, we have to address each other’s concerns and sensitivities on issues impinging each other’s security and well being,” he said at the event jointly organised by Communist Party of China (CPC) and Congress.
The seminar was organised to coincide with the visit of senior Chinese Communist Party leader Zhou Yong Kang here.

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