Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has called on India and China to take “constructive measures” to ease tensions over the long-running border dispute, which has strained the ties between the neighbours in recent months.
In a 50-minute discussion with the visiting Minister for Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma on Tuesday, Mr. Wen urged both countries “to avoid being misguided by provocations from either side or by media sensationalism.”
Mr. Sharma was here for the eighth Joint Economic Group dialogue. His meeting with Mr. Wen was not confirmed as late as Monday, but sources in the Chinese government said the Premier was keen on a meeting with the Minister to draw a line over the recent strains in the relations.
Mr. Sharma described the meeting as “very positive” and “substantive.” “We discussed, in detail, every component of the relations between the two countries, from economic and trade issues to strategic co-operation and security,” he said.
Mr. Wen also assured the Minister that his government would take active steps to address India’s fast-growing trade deficit with China, which crossed the $ 14-billion mark last year.
Media reports in India had alleged that Chinese troops made incursions in to disputed areas.