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PM Modi to Time: India-China border not volatile, both nations have ‘learnt from history’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an interview to TIME magazine, said, "There is by and large peace and tranquillity on the India-China border."

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: May 7, 2015 9:42 pm
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said India and China have “learnt from history” in dealing with their border dispute and asserted that bilateral ties have reached a stage where they can cooperate at a global stage while competing in commerce and trade.

Ahead of his visit to China next week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an interview to TIME magazine, said, “There is by and large peace and tranquillity on the India-China border.”

“It is not a volatile border. Not a single bullet has been fired for over a quarter of a century now. This essentially goes to prove that both countries have learnt from history,” said Modi, who will embark on a three-day visit to China on May 14.

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Modi will be hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the ancient Chinese city of Xian, the capital of the Chinese leader’s home province.

The two leaders will have an informal dialogue on a host of issues before settling for formal talks on May 15 in Beijing.

Besides Xi, Modi will hold talks with Premier Li Keqiang and Chairman of the China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC).

Talking about the vexed border dispute, Modi told the US-based magazine, “In so far as the India-China relationship is concerned specifically, it is true that there is a long border between India and China and a large part of it is disputed.”

“Still, I think both countries have shown great maturity in the last couple of decades to ensure and commit to economic cooperation which has continued to grow over the last 20 to 30 years to a stage where we currently have an extensive trade, investment and project related engagement between the two countries,” he said.

China says the border dispute is confined only to 2,000 km mostly in Arunachal Pradesh whereas India asserts that the dispute covers the western side of the border spanning to about 4,000 km, especially the Aksai Chin area annexed by China in the 1962 war.

Modi said given the current economic situation in the world, the two countries are at a stage where “we cooperate with China at the international stage but we also compete with China when it comes to commerce and trade.”

Asked about China increasing its assertiveness and influence on the world stage including in the South Asia, he said it was a “very natural” tendency for nations to increase their influence in the international space.

“I think it is a very natural tendency for the nations to increase their influence in the international space, as they pursue their international relations with different countries,” the Prime Minister said.

“I firmly believe that with due regard to international rules and regulations, and with full respect for human values, I think with these two perspectives in mind each country has the right to increase its presence, its impact and influence internationally for the benefit of the global community,” he said.

When asked to convey a special message to President Xi through the interview, Modi said, “I firmly believe that the relationship between two countries…should be such that to communicate with each other there should really not be a need for us to go through a third entity. That is the level of relationship that we currently have.”

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    May 8, 2015 at 3:14 pm
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      May 7, 2015 at 9:51 pm
      well said
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        asit guin
        May 13, 2015 at 9:53 pm
        Long live India-china friendship. China is nature-deputed neighbor of INDIA. In 1993 India-china border agreement is signed which has solved many problems permanently. Both Arunachal Pradesh and aksai chin are under subjective parion between India and china. Regarding aksai chin, subjective parion signifies that India will claim but china will rule. Regarding Arunachal Pradesh subjective parion means china will claim and India rule. So, Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India as far as governance is concerned. However the agreement allows china to claim arunachal, which India is not bound to accept as per the same agreement. So both arunachal and aksai chin problems are solved by conversion of dispute into non-antagonistic contradiction. Tibet was and is province of china. British made an illegal agreement with TIBET by-ping central govt of china. So, agreement with a province of a country created Tibet question, which is fully solved after British left India; the illegal agreement of Tibet and British has no relevance after 1947. Dalia lama and his ociates were food-spoiler of china; they are allowed to spoil food of India by Nehru govt. However they are not allowed to spoil foreign policy India.
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          Deepak chaurasia
          May 8, 2015 at 12:28 am
          first and foremost encroachment should not be taken place by chinies shoulders .it is exist in India's and China's bilatetal talk .
          1. Deeptanshu Verma
            May 7, 2015 at 10:07 pm
            Sacchadesi boss I am beginning to think you are really Mani Shankar Aiyar posting incognito
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