India, China to try and bury differences

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  1. ejazr

    ejazr Stars and Ambassadors Stars and Ambassadors

    Oct 8, 2009
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    Hyderabad and Sydney

    In the next two months, India and China will seek a means to arrest the rise of the Great Wall coming up between them. The two sides will use Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s expected December visit to New Delhi to resolve some of the problems bedeviling relations between the two Asian giants.

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Wen issued instructions to their respective special representatives and officials after a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Vietnam.

    Wen said that to make his visit “productive” the two sides needed “to discuss and reach a consensus on some major aspects.” The special representatives – National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon and Dai Bingguo – will meet in Beijing at the end of November.

    Menon said Singh and Wen had accepted the need to be sensitive to each other’s “core issues” even while taking “the relationship forward.” He avoided defining these core issues, saying only “we will continue to hold discussions on the way to Wen’s visit.” In the Indian case, this is being interpreted to mean the boundary issues, including Arunachal Pradesh, and China’s increased activity and interest in Kashmir. Tibet is seen is among Beijing’s core concerns.

    In a reference to the stapled issue question and the border issues, Menon said the “full gamut of issues” would be included in the preparation for Wen’s visit.

    The two leaders had taken a “broader view” of Sino-Indian strategic relations during their meeting, he said. Wen cited Singh’s oft-repeated line that the world was big enough to “accommodate the aspirations of both countries,” adding it was also big enough for the two to cooperate on many issues. “India and China have similar positions on many global issues,” said Menon. The two leaders agreed to work together on issues like climate change, counterterrorism and trade. Menon said the present suspension of certain bilateral defence exchanges would remain, but both sides would “work on this issue.” Wen had informed Singh of steps Beijing was taking to address India’s concerns about Chinese trade barriers and the trade imbalance between the two countries.

    The Singh-Wen interaction was described as “warm and friendly”. It was the tenth time the two have met in the past six years.

    A concern for New Delhi will be that Wen, who has recently called for greater political freedom in China, has come under increasing criticism from his own party. He seems to have been the target of a critical signed editorial in People’s Daily two days ago and a recent CNN interview that he gave was initially blacked out in China. India’s expectation will be that foreign policy decisions, especially so late in the term of a Chinese administration, will reflect internal continuity.
  3. ajtr

    ajtr Veteran Member Veteran Member

    Oct 2, 2009
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    Let china first walk the talk then only india can trust it.
  4. ganesh177

    ganesh177 Regular Member

    May 18, 2009
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    Pune, Incredible India
    I believe india and china both shud step forward and sort out the differences. There is more to gain thru co-operation, than to be at the neck of each other all the time.

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