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Updated: April 10, 2014 04:47 IST

India, China to hold strategic talks

Ananth Krishnan
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File photo shows Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin with Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh. Photo: V. Sudershan
The Hindu File photo shows Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin with Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh. Photo: V. Sudershan

India and China will hold the sixth round of their strategic dialogue in Beijing next week, discussing bilateral ties as well as expanding cooperation on common regional challenges such as the situation in Afghanistan.

With the strategic talks taking place amid the on-going Lok Sabha elections, expectations here are that the discussions will likely be routine and focus more on regional and international issues. Beijing, analysts said, is likely to adopt a cautious, wait-and-watch approach before pushing any new major diplomatic initiatives with India until the new government takes charge in New Delhi next month following the elections.

Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh will hold talks with Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin here on Monday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said. Ms. Singh is also expected to call on Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

“The two sides will have in-depth exchanges on bilateral relations, high-level exchanges, practical cooperation, and on international and regional issues of mutual concern,” spokesperson Hong Lei told reporters at a regular briefing.

“This dialogue is an important activity under the China-India friendly exchanges year. We believe it will enhance our strategic communication... and provide a strong boost... to our two countries.”

Mr. Hong said on Tuesday that China’s position on territorial disputes with India “was clear,” when asked about Wednesday’s Lok Sabha and State Assembly polls in Arunachal Pradesh, on which China has made territorial claims. China has in the past issued stapled visas to students and athletes from the State to underline its position that the territory was disputed.

It has also been reported in the western media of a 'new great game'
being played by US by having talks at high level with China on the
[part the latter will play in that region after the Western withdrawal
from Afghanistan. It is time that India tells China plainly that the
oinpricks China has been givi9ng us on ASrunachal Pradesh must end once
and for all.

from:  s siubramanyan
Posted on: Apr 10, 2014 at 11:27 IST

Sir: I would ask India and China to end this charade and solve the
core issue bedeviling relations between for decades--the border
problem. The government and people have been and are eager for a
comprehensive, fair and final settlement of the border issue. But
China has been giving excuse after excuse for shying away from a
settlement so that it can keep India on the tenterhook and subject to
permanent Chinese threats. It is time for China to stop being a coward
and help settle the border issue so that both countries can spend
precious funds on development and progress.

from:  rolland
Posted on: Apr 10, 2014 at 03:16 IST
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