“All matters on the bilateral agenda” will be discussed with China during his five-day visit, Vice President Hamid Ansari said on the way to this country on Thursday.
Asked if “all matters” included the issue of Chinese aggression along the Line of Actual Control, Ansari said, “All matters on the bilateral agenda will be taken up. Bilateral agenda means bilateral agenda. The totality of subjects between the two countries will be discussed… Iske aage kuchh kahne ki zaroorat nahin hai. (There is no need to say more than this.) We will discuss; we cannot anticipate the talks.”
Ansari was speaking to reporters on board the special aircraft headed to Xi’an, the capital of China’s Shaanxi province. He will meet the Secretary of the Shaanxi Province Committee of the Communist Party of China Zhao Zhengyong on Friday, after which he will leave for Beijing to participate in the 60th anniversary of Panchsheel.
China is celebrating the five principles of peaceful coexistence over two days, in which Chinese President Xi Jinping and Myanmar’s President U Thein Sein will also participate. Ansari will also meet Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, and call on President Xi separately.
Panchsheel was initiated in 1954 by PM Jawaharlal Nehru along with his Chinese counterpart Zhou Enlai and the leader of Myanmar.
Ansari is accompanied by Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman and Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh. Sitharaman will meet separately with her Chinese counterpart. Ansari said, “It is matter of concern to us that while trade is increasing, the imbalance of trade is not coming down.”