Manmohan: India-China want to end border dispute
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said that India and China decided to come up with a quick solution to the border dispute and wanted peace to...
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said that India and China decided to come up with a quick solution to the border dispute and wanted peace to be maintained on the border until that time. The Prime Minister also said that he had "wide ranging and candid discussions" with Chinese Premier Li Keqiangon on all matters of mutual concern and realised there was "a great deal of meeting of minds". Mr Li arrived in India on a three-day trip. This is his first visit abroad since assuming office in March. Li will then travel to Pakistan, Germany and Switzerland. On April 15th this year, Chinese troops has intruded about 19 km inside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and pitched tents, raising tensions between the two countries. The stand-off ended after 20 days on May 5 after several rounds of military and diplomaticA negotiations after both sides agreed to revert to the original position that existed before April 15. Dr. Singh did not provide details of what he told Mr. Li about the incident but said that both leaders "took stock of lessons learn from the recent incident in the western sector" of the Sino-Indian border. He said the "existing mechanism proved their worth" after the Chinese incursion. He said he and Mr. Li had tasked the two countries' Special Representatives to consider further measures that may be needed to maintain peace along the winding and disputed border. "We agreed that our Special Representatives will meet soon to continue discussions, seeking early agreement on a framework for a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable boundary settlement." Dr. Singh also informed Mr. Li about India's concerns about the trade deficit and sought increased market access to China for Indian exports and investments. "I also invited increased Chinese involvement in the vast opportunities in our infrastructure and manufacturing sectors."