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PM Modi in Russia: ‘Not a single bullet fired in 40 years despite border dispute with China’

India had boycotted a high-profile conference recently hosted by China on the project, citing "sovereignty" issue since it passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

By: PTI | St. Petersburg (russia) | Updated: June 3, 2017 9:58 am
narendra modi, modi in russia, modi china, india china dispute PM Narendra Modi speaking at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia. (Source: AP Photo)

The world has increasingly become inter-connected and inter-dependent, a transformation that has made it necessary for India and China to cooperate on trade and investments despite a simmering border dispute, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday. “It is true that we have a border dispute with China. But in the last 40 years, not a single bullet has been fired because of border dispute,” Modi said during a panel discussion at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. He shared the stage with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leaders of Austria and Moldova.

Modi was responding to a question whether India’s opposition to China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ project reflects deep discord in their relationship. India had boycotted a high-profile conference recently hosted by China on the project, citing “sovereignty” issue since it passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

The prime minister noted that it is not the same bipolar world of before when nations were aligned either with the United States or the former Soviet Union. “It is an inter-connected and inter-dependent world. So countries may have some disputes and some areas of collaboration,” he said, noting that India and Russia relationship has stood the test of time as it was based on trust.

The 24-page St. Petersburg Declaration, released yesterday after his summit with Putin, is a testament to India-Russia relation, Modi said. “And I know the world will minutely scrutinize every word for future direction of our relations.”

On China, he said that despite differences, New Delhi and Beijing have come together on the BRICS platform to create two financial institutions, one headed by China where India is a partner and one BRICS Bank where the two regional superpowers are collaborators.

“The world is increasingly becoming inter-dependent. We believe in ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas’ (Cooperation of all, development for all). This is not just for the domestic programmes but also for international cooperation. We want to carry everyone along for development,” he said.

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    Gaurav Mathur
    Jun 3, 2017 at 1:32 pm
    If not a singe bullet is fired on Indo- China Border, then the in bent government can't steal the thunder from the earlier successive governments which constructively engaged china and kept door open for back channel diplomacy on border issue. In fact, the present government should give credits to likes of Rajiv hi, P.V. Narsinghmarao and Manmohan Singh who had visionary approach to the neighbour next door which has translated into billion dollor trade.
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      MyTake
      Jun 3, 2017 at 12:50 pm
      This is the beginning of ertive India. As days and months and years will go by dignified, I mean truly dignified one,will join the race under ertive PM Modi and the rest will do their chamchagiri (God knows for what for what goal to achieve) until they die! This is the new Normal as BJP has been saying.
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        MyTake
        Jun 3, 2017 at 12:51 pm
        IE spell ch Checker got a problem with normal word like a s s e r t i v e which it shrinks to ertive!!
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          Curious onlooker
          Jun 7, 2017 at 7:00 am
          Not firing a single bullet in the last forty years when border incursions and violations were the norm is no virtue at all but bespoke of cowardice in defending national security.
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          ASHOK
          Jun 3, 2017 at 11:47 am
          Don't Blame the Gun if there are no Bullets
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          1. Rathore Ramkishore On WikiAnswers
            Jun 3, 2017 at 11:45 am
            stan should learn a lesson from this statement of PM Modi for India- stan relations. Afterall what stan is gaining out of enemocity with India. stan's economy is collapsing, yet they are forcing conflict with India through proxy war.
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              mtv
              Jun 3, 2017 at 12:21 pm
              Without China's support, PAK could not have continued with this enmity and hatred for India. So who is to be blamed more?
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              secure
              Jun 3, 2017 at 11:25 am
              In order to improvebChina relationshp MODI should touch the feetbof Chinese President asban elder Brother.
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                sochee
                Jun 3, 2017 at 12:00 pm
                That is the way the porkis do. They lick China's you know what as they did during the recently held conference on OBOR. Only Modi showed the guts to stand up to Chinese dragon while all others melted before it's breath of fire. You porkis child you need not bother about Modi. Save your own rear side.
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