Will PM meet Chinese President?

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  1. gokulakannan

    gokulakannan Regular Member

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    After the heightened tensions between India and China over the disputed Arunachal Pradesh border issue, could there now be a meeting between the top leaders of both countries?

    Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be in Thailand on October 23 for the Association of South East Nations (ASEAN) summit.

    The Chinese Premier told Petroleum Minister Murli Deora, who is attending a conference in China, that he looked forward to meeting Manmohan Singh in Thailand.

    But sources in the Ministry of External Affairs say no meeting has been firmed between Wen Jiabao and Manmohan Singh.

    Will PM meet Chinese President?
     
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  3. Quickgun Murugan

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    Singh likely to meet Chinese premier in Bangkok
    The Peninsula On-line: Qatar's leading English Daily

    New Delhi: With China expressing interest, there is a likelihood of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Bangkok this month, official sources said yesterday.

    India and China are perceived to have had a strained few weeks, with the governments issuing statements and demarches to each other on points of contention, mainly on disputed territory.

    Petroleum Minister Murli Deora, who led India’s delegation to the heads of government meeting of the Shangai Cooperation Organisation in Beijing earlier this week, said that he was informed by Premier Wen Jiabao about his interest in meeting with Manmohan Singh.

    “He asked if the prime minister will be going to Thailand next week, to which I replied yes. Twice he said he is looking forward to meeting Manmohan Singh,” Deora told reporters here yesterday. Singh will be travelling to Thailand to attend the ASEAN summit on October 24.

    Official sources said there was a good possibility of a meeting between Singh and Wen taking place on the sidelines of the summit, as has happened at various other multilateral fora.

    It would mark an intensification of contacts in the coming weeks, with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi arriving in India this month to participate in a trilateral meeting with his Indian and Russian counterparts. The Chinese minister will arrive Oct 26 for the meeting to be held the next day, said an official spokesperson.

    The trilateral meeting is to discuss issues of regional importance and “touch upon various issues of mutual concern and mutual interest in the bilateral relationship”, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said.

    In November, Zhou Yongkang, a senior member of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China, will be visiting India, China’s envoy Zhang Yan told the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh.

    The BJP quoted the ambassador as telling Rajnath Singh that this would be “the most important visit of any Chinese leader after President Hu Jintao’s visit to India in 2006”.
     
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    roma NRI in Europe Senior Member

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    well todays report in ndtv , says that china still firmly opposes Dalais visit to arunachal _ their PM is smiling saying that he is looking forward to meeting MMS but on the other hand they are not relenting on arunachal - what friend is that ? MMS should decline handshake or other body language implying friendliness. Not a friend neither an enemy is the best posture for the moment .
     
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    Let the Chinese Joe meet the PM.
     
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    tarunraju Moderator Moderator

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    Who is our PM going to meet again? Wen Jibao or Hu Jintao? One report says "Chinese Premier" and another "Chinese President"?
     
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    Manmohan-Wen meeting 'very important': China - India - The Times of India

    BEIJING: China on Wednesday described the forthcoming meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chinese premier Wen Jiabo on the
    sidelines of the Asean Summit in Thailand this week as a "very important" one.

    The two leaders will discuss "bilateral relations, and regional and international issues", Chinese assistant foreign minister Hu Zhengyue told reporters in Beijing.

    "This meeting between the two prime ministers is a very important one," Hu said. "There has been good progress in our bilateral relationship and we hope this momentum can be sustained," he said.

    Officials from both countries have been busy for over a week working out the formalities of the proposed meeting. The meeting will take place in the backdrop of some serious relationship problem with China offering to support a hydroelectricity project in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and opposing Singh’s recent visit to Arunachal Pradesh.

    China regards Arunachal Pradesh as part of its own territory and is also opposing the Dalai Lama’s proposed visit to the area.
     
  8. johnq

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    Important to whom? To China. The Chinese are going to try their best to pressure the PM and get him into a corner, so that he gives in more to Chinese demands. The Chinese want to win without losing a single soldier. That is their game. But the fact is that China's hands are tied right now, because any war would blow their cover, and China's so-called peaceful rise would go out the window. So India does have some time right now to prepare. I just hope the PM realizes this and doesn't give in to China. The Chinese want to slow down the Indian preparations near the border, and will try their best to achieve this by pressuring the PM to back military away from the border.
     
  9. gokulakannan

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    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to meet his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao on Saturday, hoping to douse an escalating verbal duel between the Asian giants centered around their decades-old border dispute.

    The meeting on the sidelines of a regional summit in Thailand would be the first high-level contact between the two nations after recent months of diplomatic barbs led to unusual levels of tension and fears that the rivalry could spin out of control.

    Relations have warmed in recent years, mostly on the back of mutual trade expected to pass $60 billion next year, a 30-fold increase since 2000.

    But tensions have risen in the last few months amid reports in Indian media of Chinese border incursions, and an objection by Beijing to Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama's planned visit next month to Arunachal Pradesh that China claims as its own territory.

    Beijing also criticised a visit by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the mountainous state this month, drawing strong protests from New Delhi.

    "The visit of the Dalai Lama is seen as not only reinforcing India's claim on Arunachal Pradesh, but also boosting the Tibetan struggle by undermining Chinese territorial integrity," said Bhaskar Roy, a New Delhi-based strategic analyst on China.

    Some view China-India rivalry in the context of who will lead Asia. A "calibrated escalation" of the border dispute may also reflect Beijing's wider concern about a younger, restive generation of Tibetans the Dalai Lama does not control.

    And Beijing would like to ensure that this new generation of Tibetan exiles based in northern India is not used as a bargaining chip by New Delhi in future, analysts say.

    "All of this is reflected in its reaction to its failure to assimilate Tibet," said strategic analyst Prem Shankar Jha.

    "The Chinese hold India responsible because it has kept the Tibetan culture and political identity alive by sheltering the Dalai Lama. This was the bone of contention that led to the 1962 war. It is almost certainly the real bone of contention today."

    DIFFERENCES FOCUS ON DALAI LAMA, INDIAN TIES WITH U.S.

    The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule.

    Mutual mistrust lingers from a short war the two sides fought in 1962 and the presence of the Dalai Lama in India irks Beijing, as does India's growing relations with the United States.

    "This meeting would be about building confidence that has taken a knock in recent months -- weeding out misapprehensions, clearing of the air," Roy said.

    "But it is not going to be easy because the sparring went too far this time. It will take time. Tension will not go away."

    The two sides have also struggled to settle their border dispute. Each side claims vast swathes of the other's territory along their 3,500-km (2,173-mile) Himalayan boundary.

    China lays claim to 90,000 sq km of land on the eastern sector of the border in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. India says China occupies 38,000 square km (15,000 square miles) of territory in Aksai Chin plateau.

    While a new war is very unlikely, the unsettled border between the world's two most populous countries has the potential to fuel tensions destabilising further a region already roiled.

    But the Chinese are seeking to play down things.

    "I wish to point out that at present Chinese-Indian relations have maintained a healthy direction of development," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said on Tuesday.

    "High-level mutual visits, frequent contacts and trade and economic cooperation continue to develop...On major international and regional issues, both sides maintain closer coordination and cooperation."

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