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Updated: May 4, 2013 13:06 IST

China says Khurshid visit will ‘boost’ ties amid strains

Ananth Krishnan
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External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid at Parliament house in New Delhi on Friday
PTI External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid at Parliament house in New Delhi on Friday

China on Friday confirmed that External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will visit Beijing on May 9 and 10 and hold talks with the Chinese leadership. The Foreign Ministry here said the visit would provide an opportunity for both countries to “boost the India China strategic cooperative partnership”.

Mr. Khurshid had said last week he intended to go ahead with his visit to Beijing as scheduled, despite the continuing stand-off along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.

Three flag-meetings failed to diffuse the stand-off, which was sparked on April 15 when Chinese troops put up tents 19 km into what India sees as its territory. China has, however, maintained that its troops had not trespassed the LAC.

While officials say perceptions of the LAC are differing in the region, neither side had taken the step of setting up tents in a disputed area – a move seen as a provocation that has escalated tensions. At the flag meetings, the Chinese side was thought to have demanded the withdrawal of certain Indian fortifications in Ladakh as a condition to pull back to the status quo prior to the April 15 incursion.

Officials here, however, have refused to comment on the outcome of the flag-meetings, only saying that they believed that on-going consultations through the joint mechanism on border affairs would resolve the situation “soon”.

“The two sides are in communication through the working mechanism for consultation and coordination on boundary affairs… for a solution to the incident on the western section of the China-India border,” spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters at a regular briefing on Friday.

“China stands ready to work with India to maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas,” she said.

She added that both countries were “committed to resolving disputes, including the boundary ones, through peaceful negotiations and [to] try to ensure that this kind of dispute will not affect the development of the bilateral relations”.

On Thursday, the Foreign Ministry said “the issue will be properly resolved soon through negotiation”, but called on the media to “give more time and be more patient”.

Ms. Hua said Mr. Khurshid’s two-day visit next week would see both sides have an “in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations as well as issues of common interests”, describing it as “one of the major high-level interactions between India and China this year”.

The visit is expected to lay the groundwork for the May 20 visit of new Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to New Delhi, expected to be his first after he took over in March.

Mr. Khurshid will hold talks with his counterpart Wang Yi, and he is also likely to meet Yang Jiechi, the State Councilor and top diplomat who earlier served as Foreign Minister before being promoted in March following the leadership transition. Mr. Yang has been tipped to succeed former State Councilor Dai Bingguo, who retired in March, as the Special Representative on the boundary negotiations with India. Mr. Dai had chaired all of the previous 15 rounds held since the mechanism was set up in 2003.

“We would like to make joint efforts with India to boost the India China strategic cooperative partnership through this visit,” Ms. Hua said.

Chinese and Indian officials on Friday also rubbished recent media reports that had suggested Mr. Khurshid's visit was in doubt because the Chinese side had not publicly confirmed it at press briefings earlier this week. The officials pointed out that China had long followed a practice of confirming visits only three or four days in advance. This was a practice the Foreign Ministry has followed for visits concerning all countries, including earlier visits from Indian officials to Beijing over the past few years.

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Why are countries permitting China to Bully them?
This Incursion is clearly their way of Wagging their Finger at India. If they are raising other issues of Ladakh and asking India to move back,then isn't their Intention of Occupying Indian Territory a way to show their might.

India, Wake up or Go to sleep forever.

from:  Cheenu Krishnan
Posted on: May 4, 2013 at 13:59 IST

We cannot deny that there is nothing going on in the mind of China to harm the boundary conditions of India. But, it would be much better if the issue is resolved through talk with mutual understanding because, I think, we are not in the postion to take any step that may lead to war between the countries.

from:  Ravi Kumar Kannaujiya
Posted on: May 4, 2013 at 13:12 IST

We need to show some spine. All our neighbours are mocking around us
because we don't show enough bone in issues like these. LET US STOP
TRADE WITH CHINA. We DON'T need their "cheap" and "low quality" goods.
Stopping trade with the chinese will boost our domestic industry and
manufacturing base. Trading with china is not going to make us rich.
Atleast we can live with some dignity instead of being a dog running for
the bone.

from:  JOHN
Posted on: May 4, 2013 at 12:56 IST

There is no need to boost our ties with the China. It has to remove the
tents and then talk about ties. India should take immediate action to
drive the chinese out from these tents even if war erupts afterwards.
Foreign Minister should cancel his visit to China. China has time and
again proved that it will never change its intimidating attitude
towards neighbours. Trade with China should be stopped forthwith. We can
live without trading with China.

from:  R BASKARAN
Posted on: May 4, 2013 at 11:02 IST

Mr. Khurshid, your suggested treatment for the so called "acne" has
failed. Under your watch and body language, India's foreign policy
appears extremely weak.

Since you represent not just yourself but the country, we request that
please don't shame the country and call off your visit!

from:  Sandeep
Posted on: May 4, 2013 at 10:28 IST

Can a self respecting nation send its minister to a country which is in
illegal occupation of its area ? Only India can go to this extent .
Don't we have any self respect left ? Why are we grovelling vis-a- vis
China ?

from:  Ajay Singh
Posted on: May 4, 2013 at 10:00 IST

Please publish India news, Other papers like Times of India, noted Kurshid may cancel his visit. Mulayam singh Yadav rightly said Chinese cannot be trusted. What is the point in making 19 km incursion into Indian Territory and then say come we will discuss. Can India go into Chinese territory, hold on to it, and then say, let your Foreign minister come and we will have amicable discussions. this is the highest order of not trust worthy China. If one cannot see this all, then either, we are naive or blindly supporting China against India.

from:  Bala
Posted on: May 4, 2013 at 09:58 IST

The Chinese premier,Mr.Li Kequiang must take initiative and solve the border dispute with
India which is sizzling for the last 50 years from the days of Chou En Lai and see that the
tradional friendship and goodwill between India and China over past 1000 years is not only
preserved but made more deeper.Both are two of the largest countries with Civilisations
dating back to 5000 years.History will not forgive us if this traditional ties are allowed to be
spoilt because of border disputes which can be solved and Demarked amicably in a spirit of
Give and Take.

from:  Ashok Prabhu
Posted on: May 4, 2013 at 09:37 IST
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