PM - Wen meet focuses on border issues, trade

Sandeep Dikshit
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India and China will make one last attempt at making progress on the border question before a new leadership takes over in Beijing.

NSA to visit China

National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon will travel to Beijing immediately after the India-China Strategic Economic Dialogue at the end of this month to meet his counterpart Dai Bingguo who lays down office in March next year.

"The issue was mentioned in the context of the ongoing dialogue between the two countries,” Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai said while briefing newspersons on a 40-minute meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on the sidelines of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit and associated meetings here on Monday morning.

With Mr. Wen who is retiring in March, described his experience of working with Dr. Singh as "memorable" and was confident that the new leadership that takes over next year in Beijing will give greater importance to ties with New Delhi.

The two sides also plan to engage in talks on maritime security.

Trade tie-up

Dr. Singh also touched on greater market access to Indian pharmaceutical, IT and service sectors and welcomed Chinese investment in infrastructure to partly bridge trade deficit.

China did recognise the need for balancing two-way trade but indicated that this would come about gradually, said Mr. Mathai.



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