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India, China Pledge to Overcome Border Tensions

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (L) speaks with the media as India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh looks on during the signing of agreements ceremony in New Delhi, May 20, 2013.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (L) speaks with the media as India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh looks on during the signing of agreements ceremony in New Delhi, May 20, 2013.
Aru Pande
The leaders of Asian giants India and China say they will take steps to build greater mutual trust a month after a tense dispute over their shared border.  

With words like friendship, peace and consensus, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Chinese counterpart, Li Keqiang, meeting in New Delhi, set out to move past the standoff that dominated headlines just weeks ago.


Last month, India strongly protested what it said was Chinese incursion into the Ladakh region of the Himalayas. The issue was resolved just before the Indian foreign minister’s visit to China, with troops from both countries withdrawing to prior positions.

In remarks to the media following talks with Li, Prime Minister Singh spoke of taking stock of the recent incident.

"The basis for continued growth and expansion of our ties is peace and tranquility on our borders. While seeking an early resolution of the boundary question, Premier Li and I agreed that this must be continued to be preserved," he said.

​The border issue is not new and numerous rounds of talks have failed to clearly demarcate the Line of Actual Control in the region that was the site of a brief war between the two countries in 1962.

Chinese Prime Minister Li acknowledged the need to improve various border mechanisms and overcome differences between his country and India.  But he placed more emphasis on the global impact of cooperation between two of the world’s emerging superpowers.

He reiterated Prime Minister’s Singh’s statement that "the world is big enough to accommodate the growth aspirations of both China and India.” The Chinese leader added that “without the common development of China and India, Asia will not become strong and the world will not become a better place.”

Boosting trade

During Monday’s talks in New Delhi, both leaders also discussed boosting bilateral trade, which grew to $66 billion in 2012 and is targeted for $100 billion by 2015. Singh also conveyed India’s concerns about the trade deficit and having greater access to Chinese markets.

Chinese and Indian officials also signed eight agreements and discussed cooperation and information sharing on activities taking place on trans-border rivers in the Himalayan ecosystem.

There was tight security in the Indian capital on the second day of Prime Minister Li’s three-day visit to India as Tibetan activists and opposition supporters held small protests in the city.

Prime Minister Li meets with ruling Congress Party leader Sonia Gandhi and the leader of the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, Sushma Swaraj, on Monday, before heading to India’s financial hub, Mumbai, on Tuesday to hold talks with business leaders.

From India, the Chinese leader travels to Pakistan and then to Switzerland and Germany.

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by: thuong from: san jose
May 21, 2013 2:39 AM
India is just a new land for China dumping chemical wast.

They just did to Affrica....

by: Jonathan Huang from: canada
May 20, 2013 10:24 PM
I put my hands together for the visit of India by the Chinese leader. China is doing the right thing and nothing can stop China's growing.
Soon a new superpower will born. Every eyes are watching this marvellous moment.

by: Compromise
May 20, 2013 1:21 PM
In return for better diplomatic and economic relations with China,does India have to make land concession to China,compromise economic and military ties with Vietnam,abandon their Look-East strategy and let China take over South China Sea???Trading with China is usually one way,leaving India and most other countries with large trade deficits and no employment for the local population,since the Chinese always bring their own work force.India needs to be more assertive or China would end up with the Lion's share
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by: oldlalmb from: China
May 22, 2013 5:00 AM
No one made land concession in this process.Some years ago,China and India signed a agreetment,one of the clause says:It can't be permited that anyone to build any perpetual structure in 3km.realm of the border.Couple month ago,it was found out by China's satellite that India‘s soldiers build a under ground perpetual structure in 3km.realm of the border. It incured Chinese incursion into the Ladakh controversial border region of the Himalayas.

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