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India will not tolerate any anti-China activity: Pranab

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External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee (centre), his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi, (right) and Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon (left) at the signing of an agreement between the two countries in Beijing on Thursday.
External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee (centre), his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi, (right) and Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon (left) at the signing of an agreement between the two countries in Beijing on Thursday.

Foreign Ministers are expected to discuss the boundary issue

BEIJING: Visiting External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said India would never tolerate any political anti-China activities by anyone in its territory.

Mr. Mukherjee made the remarks during talks with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi. He reiterated the Indian government’s persistent stance on the Tibet issue, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Indian officials have previously reiterated the government’s stance that the Tibet Autonomous Region is part of China’s territory.

Boosting strategic ties

Mr. Mukherjee said India would make joint efforts with China to further the strategic bilateral ties.

“I am happy to discuss and share our common perception on bilateral, regional and international situations,” Mr. Mukherjee told Mr. Yang in his opening remarks at their official talks here.

The Foreign Ministers are expected to discuss the boundary row and irritants surrounding it, and also review the progress in the talks between the Special Representatives of the two countries, who have conducted 11 rounds of negotiations.

Mr. Yang thanked India for sending relief materials worth $5 million to quake victims in western China. He noted that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as well as Mr. Mukherjee had written letters personally, expressing grief over the natural calamity, which claimed nearly 70,000 lives.

The meeting was attended by Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon and Ambassador Nirupama Rao.

Trade target

Earlier in the day, Mr. Mukherjee officially inaugurated the Consulate-General of India in the southern city of Guangzhou.

At the inauguration, Mr. Mukherjee said India was keen to learn from China’s “remarkable success” in developing Special Economic Zones.

“The trade target of $60 billion by 2010 set by our two Prime Ministers is very likely to be surpassed before 2010,” Mr. Mukherjee, who is on a four-day visit to China, said. Now the trade between the two is around $40 billion.

Mr. Mukherjee said Guangdong province, which accounts for one-third of China’s total foreign trade, had always been at the forefront of the country’s economic reform.

“There is tremendous interest in India to learn from your experiences, including your remarkable success in developing your Special Economic Zone,” he said.

He said Indian firms had invested in China, including in the Pearl River Delta, and “this trend is likely to escalate in the coming years.”

Meeting cancelled

Mr. Mukherjee’s meeting with Premier Wen Jiabao scheduled for Friday has been called off as he had to rush to the earthquake-shattered southwest China.Mr. Mukherjee will instead meet Vice-President Xi Jinping on Friday. Mr. Xi, who was appointed in March, is tipped to be the successor of President Hu Jintao when he completes his second term. In the presence of Mr. Mukherjee and Mr. Yang, a memorandum of understanding on sharing of flood season hydrological data of the Brahmaputra was signed by Ms. Rao and the Vice-Minister of China’s Ministry of Water Resources, Hu Siyi.

The data provided by China will ensure the safety and security of the people living along the river. — Xinhua/PTI

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