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China, India Sign Deal Aimed at Soothing Himalayan Tension

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (2nd R) and India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (2nd L) attend a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Oct. 23, 2013.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (2nd R) and India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (2nd L) attend a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Oct. 23, 2013.
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Longtime regional competitors China and India have agreed to strengthen defense cooperation along their disputed, and sometimes tense, Himalayan border.
 
The agreement was signed on Wednesday in Beijing's Great Hall of the People following a meeting between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
 
China, a close ally of India's long-time foe, Pakistan, lays claim to more than 35,000 square miles that are disputed by New Delhi in the eastern sector of the Himalayas. India says China occupies 14,600 square miles of its territory on the Aksai Chin plateau in the west.
 
The two countries fought a brief border war in 1962. Since then, ties have been mired by distrust. A series of alleged violations by Chinese military patrols earlier this year are the latest incidents inolving the contentious border.
 
“I am sure it will help to maintain peace, tranquillity and stability in our border areas,” China's Li told reporters following talks with Singh.

Prime Minister Singh said the defense cooperation pact will help ensure the India-China relationship is not further strained by the decades-old border dispute.
 
"Premier Li and I have agreed that the peace and tranquility of our borders must remain the foundation for growth in the India-China relationship. Even as we move forward the negotiations towards a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable settlement to the India-China boundary question, this will be our strategic benchmark," said Singh.
 
The border defense cooperation agreement is built on existing confidence-building measures and is designed to ensure that patrolling along the Line of Actual Control, as the unsettled border is called, does not escalate into an unintended skirmish, an Indian official said last week.
 
Singh said the agreement “will add to the existing instruments to ensure peace, stability and predictability on our borders.”
 
Under the new deal, the two sides will give notice of patrols along the ill-defined border to ensure that patrols do not “tail” each other to reduce the chance of confrontation. Patrols are to exercise “maximum self-restraint” should the two sides come face to face in areas where the line of control is unclear.
 
The two armies, strung out along the 2,500-mile border from the high-altitude Ladakh plateau in the west to the forests of Arunachal Pradesh in the east, have also agreed to look at setting up a hotline between top-ranking officers in addition to existing brigade-level contacts.
 
The border defense cooperation pact is a small step forward in a complicated relationship marked by booming economic ties and growing distrust.
 
In May, armies from the two countries ended a three-week standoff in the western Himalayas after Chinese troops set up a camp at least six miles inside territory claimed by India, triggering a public outcry and calls that India should stand up to its powerful neighbour.
 
China denied that troops had crossed into Indian territory.
 
A Chinese airline earlier this month blocked two Indian archers from disputed Arunachal Pradesh from travelling to China, souring the mood in India ahead of Singh's visit.
 
But Li sought to play down the differences.
 
“China and India are two old civilizations,” he said. “Our two peoples have the wisdom and our two governments have the ability to manage our differences along the border so that it won't affect the overall interests of our bilateral relations.”

Prime Minister Singh, who is expected to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday, is also using the visit to forge closer economic ties with Beijing. Specifically, India wants greater access to Chinese markets in order to balance out trade that is heavily tilted in China's favor.

Some information in this report was contributed by Reuters.

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by: RAMESH from: BHILAI
October 25, 2013 3:15 AM
Hi,
This is one more step towards slavery. No vision in indian leadership towards country security & its integration. Indian political leader not known the fact that china can not won the war against India.Why india should bother about china ? No strategy against china boundary expansion. Why not India offer USA an airbase in Arunachal Pradesh? Why not India make treaty for air bases in Taiwan & Japan? Why not acquired more submarine, Aircraft carrier? Increases bunker buster bombs to 500 nos so that under ground facilities of China air force, Navy can be under control ? no political will in indian leaders.

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