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China,India should accommodate each other’s concerns: Xi

China’s new President Xi Jinping unveiled a five-point formula to improve ties with India

China’s new President Xi Jinping Tuesday unveiled a five-point formula to improve ties with India,proposing accommodation of each other’s core concerns and proper handling of differences while seeking peace on the border as a resolution of the dispute “won’t be easy”.

Xi,59,who took over as President,head of ruling Communist Party and the military chief completing a rare triad of power structure marking a generational change of leadership,sent clear signals of boosting bilateral relations with India.

He expressed his keenness to meet PM Manmohan Singh next week on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Durban in his first contact with top Indian leadership after his inauguration last week. “I am keen on a good meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Durban when I go for the BRICS meeting,” Xi said.

Xi revealed the five proposals including bilateral cooperation in infrastructure,mutual investment and other areas and collaboration in multilateral fora to protect the interest of the developing countries and tacking global challenges in reply to a question at an interaction with the select Editors of the BRICS countries at the Great Hall of the People here.

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Seeing ties with India as “one of most important bilateral relationships”,Xi,the first leader born after Chinese independence in 1949,spoke his mind on the border question troubling the two neighbours.

“The border question is a complex issue left from history and solving the issue won’t be easy. However,as long as we keep up friendly consultations,we can eventually arrive at a fair reasonable and mutually acceptable settlement,” Xi said.

China Prez’s five-point proposal

China and India should maintain strategic communication and keep the bilateral relations on the “right track”.

Both countries must harness each other’s comparative strengths and expand win-win

cooperation in infrastructure,mutual investment and other areas.

India and China should strengthen cultural ties and constantly increase the mutually-expanding friendship between the two countries.

The two countries should expand co-ordination and collaboration to jointly safeguard legitimate rights and interests of developing countries and tackle global challenges.

Both should accommodate each other’s core concerns and properly handle problems and differences existing between the two countries.