September 19, 2009 1:34:40 pm
For peace to prevail along the Sino-Indian border,all boundary issues need to be resolved in right earnest,External Affairs Minister SM Krishna said in an exclusive interview on Friday.
“Thirteen rounds of talks have been held by special representatives representing the Indian Government and the Chinese Government. It is in the larger interest of both,China and India,that these boundary issues will have to be settled so that peace and tranquillity on Indo-China border is maintained,” Krishna said.
On the issue of incursions,Krishna said it has been diplomatically taken up with the concerned Chinese authorities.
“We have taken it up diplomatically with the Chinese authorities. I think it can be sorted out,” he added.
The Indian media had reported that two soldiers of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) were injured in firing from across the border on the Line of Actual Control in Arunachal Pradesh,part of which China claims as its territory.
India,however,had denied that two of its border guards were injured in firing by Chinese forces.
China claims about 90,000 square kilometers of Arunachal Pradesh along their border as part of its territory.
India and China fought a short war in 1962 and,despite burgeoning trade in recent years,mistrust remains. Both sides jostle for resources and influence as they seek a global role.
This year,the two countries have faced off at multi-lateral forums,including Chinese objections to a 60 million dollars Asian Development Bank loan for a project in Arunachal Pradesh.
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