India and China trying to resolve border issue: Singh

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Agaratala, May 14 (UNI) Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd) J J Singh said both India and China were trying to resolve the boundary issue in a pragmatic manner.

''The issue is being discussed at the highest level and we are expecting to resolve the issue in a pragmatic manner,'' the Governor told UNI here on the sidelines of the 56th plenary session of the North Eastern Council (NEC).

He said both the countries were currently engaged in talks to resolve the boundary question and had signed the 'Political Parameters and Guiding Principles' to resolve the border issue.

China claims 90,000 sq km of land in the Northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, which borders Bhutan and Tibet.

''Our relationship with China is improving after the visit of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. Our aim is to sort out the problem (boundary question) to ensure a peaceful border with our immediate neighbour,'' General Singh said.

Earlier, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee had said India would not give up any part of the country that regularly sent its elected representatives to Parliament.

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