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Manmohan, Wen direct SRs to accelerate border talks

By Staff
Google Oneindia News

Cebu, Jan 14: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Chinesecounterpart Wen Jiabao today directed their Special Representatives(SRs) to accelerate the pace of their talks on the nagging borderquestion between the two countries.

The crucial meeting between the two leaders on the sidelines ofthe 12th ASEAN Summit here this morning came just days ahead of theninth round of talks between National Security Adviser M K Narayananand Chinese Vice-Premier Dai Bingguo, the Special Representatives ofthe two countries, in Delhi next week.

The meeting between the two Prime Ministers has provided a freshpolitical impetus to the talks between the Special Representatives.

"They wanted the Special Representatives to accelerate the processof talks," a senior Indian official told UNI after the meeting.

He said the talks between the two leaders were held in a "verywarm and cordial atmosphere." Apart from bilateral matters, Dr Singhand Mr Wen also discussed regional and international issues, he said.

The Chinese Premier extended an invitation to Dr Singh to visit China later this year, which he accepted, the official added.

India has said that the border question must be solved on thebasis of the Agreement on Political Parameters and Guiding Principlessigned between the two countries in April, 2005.

During Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to Delhi last November,the two sides had agreed to step up the efforts to find a solution tothe boundary dispute and not to allow it to hinder growth of thebilateral relationship in other areas.

Both sides see an early settlement of the boundary question as a"strategic objective." Dr Singh arrived in Cebu last night for thefifth India-ASEAN Summit being held here today and the 2nd East AsiaSummit tomorrow.

Mr Narayanan told journalists accompanying the Prime Ministeryesterday that the two sides had made progress on the boundary issue."We have made a lot of progress," he said.

In response to a query on the hurdles on the boundary question, MrNarayanan said, "The problem is that China says there are issues leftover by history. We say that history has no borders." "It is a probleminvolving the people and territories of the two countries," he said.

India has, in the past, made it clear to China that it should notexpect any territorial concessions in the Tawang sector of ArunachalPradesh.India has also made some proposals for opening up the borderand institutional cooperation across it.


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