Xi in India: Determined to solve boundary question at an early date, Beijing tells New Delhi

China has determination to work with India through friendly consultation: Xi

By: Express News Service Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: September 19, 2014 11:41 am
modi-main Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the agreement signing ceremony at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Thursday. (Source: PTI)

Amid reports of incidents along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the border issue took centrestage at the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday. Significantly, as Modi sought clear “clarification” on the LAC, Xi assured that Beijing has the “determination” to work with New Delhi through “friendly consultation” to settle the dispute at an early date.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Modi said, “I also suggested that clarification of LAC would greatly contribute to our efforts to maintain peace and tranquility and requested President Xi to resume the stalled process of clarifying the LAC.”

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Responding to Modi’s “serious concerns” on the incidents along the LAC, Xi said the two sides are “fully capable” of acting promptly and effectively so that such incidents “do not have a large impact on the bilateral relationship”.

Modi is learnt to have raised the issue during their dinner meeting in Ahmedabad on Wednesday, and reiterated New Delhi’s concerns at the bilateral meeting on Thursday.

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“I raised our serious concern over repeated incidents along the border. We agreed that peace and tranquility in the border region constitute an essential foundation for mutual trust and confidence, and for realising the full potential of our relationship. This is an important understanding which should be strictly observed… We should also seek an early settlement to the boundary question,” said Modi.

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“The boundary question is an issue left from history. Over many years, the two sides have made steady and positive progress in boundary negotiations through friendly consultations. China and India have maintained peace and tranquility in the border areas. China has the determination to work with India through friendly consultation to settle the boundary question at an early date. We also have the sincerity to work with India to maintain peace and tranquility in border areas before we are finally able to settle the boundary question,” said Xi.

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He added that the two sides agreed to be “respectful and sensitive” to each other’s concerns and “appropriately” handle the outstanding issues with a “positive attitude”.

“Yet, since the border is yet to demarcated, sometimes there may be certain incidents. But the two sides are fully capable of acting promptly, to effectively manage the situation through various levels of border-related mechanisms so that such incidents do not have a large impact on the bilateral relationship,” he said.

Agreeing that leaders of the two countries should provide “strategic direction” and maintain high-level visits and contacts, Xi invited Modi to visit China early next year.

While Modi said he also discussed India’s concerns regarding China’s visa policy and trans border rivers, and expressed confidence that an early resolution would take mutual trust to a new level, Xi said, “China and India are important neighbours to each other. There are certain other outstanding issues between the two countries. The two sides should work actively and seriously to address and handle them in the sincerity of seeking amicable relations with each other.”

Apart from these outstanding issues, China also made a commitment to invest about $20 billion in India over the next five years. While this is much lower than the Japanese commitment of $35 billion in five years, Modi said, “This opens a new chapter in our economic relations. I welcome our five-year economic and trade development plan as an important new step to pursue higher ambitions in our economic relations.”

On the civil nuclear cooperation, Modi said, “We will begin the process of discussions on civil nuclear energy cooperation that will bolster our broader cooperation on energy security.”

India finally seemed to be warming up to the proposed Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar (BCIM) economic corridor mooted by Beijing some years ago. Modi said they discussed “regional connectivity” and the BCIM proposal. “Located at the crossroads of Asia, India believes that reconnecting Asia is important for its collective prosperity. I also believe that our efforts to rebuild physical connectivity in the region would also require a peaceful, stable and cooperative environment.”

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    namah
    Sep 19, 2014 at 1:55 am
    I just hope Modi is not being pla by the Mr. Xi. In his rush to emerge as an international player, Modi may have a tendency to overdo it a bit.
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      namah
      Sep 19, 2014 at 1:33 pm
      Nehru was over patronizing to Chou En Lai, that is the reason why we got into a war with China. Indians did get fooled. The same reason which led to Nehru's heart attack and death.
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        Kamath
        Sep 19, 2014 at 2:31 am
        Agreed,Nehru got fooled and lead to Indo China war
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          Tripti Kothari
          Sep 19, 2014 at 4:26 am
          Modi Ji has that vision which many people rarely have. Even if the Chinese do so as you say, he has all backup prepared. The leader is perfect for India's growth.
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            M.P. Rao
            Sep 19, 2014 at 7:03 am
            Declaration of determination to solve the border dispute should be followed up with some concrete actions or we will have to start suspecting the very designs of the Dragon on the Tiger and it's not as if the Chinese don't know the impending visit to India at the time they lined up their troop at our border.
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              Paritosh Ghosh
              Sep 19, 2014 at 1:18 pm
              Nehru was never fooled.We missed the opportunity to settle the boundary problems when Chou en Li was sent to India by Mao for the very purpose. But Nehru never responded .It might have helped the British designs,but India is paying for it.
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                Observer
                Sep 18, 2014 at 7:48 pm
                This is the best op for Modi to make Xi to contact his PLA to withdraw immediately from the intruded areas and issue Presidential order not repeat such activities until the two nations mark the border and LAC clearly per the two leaders today's apparent oral agreement. Modi should be firm on this. Modi in the 12 business agreements should have included the following clause, "the agreement becomes operational only after China peacefully and permanently resolves the LAC in a way agreeable to India. OTHERWISE IT AMOUNTS TO CHINA BACK-STABBING INDIA LIKE IN THE CASE OF NEHRU TIMES WHEN THE CHINESE TALKING FRIENDLY AND INVADED INDIA. Today's enchrouchment Xi can not say he is not aware because it is happening while he is in India and is he is aware of it at least per the front line headings of news papers. Thus knowingly he is perpetuating/endorsing his country's army encroaching and establishing well inside northern India.
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