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India-China: ‘Need to build common ground’

Amid the fresh controversy over issuance of stapled visas to two Arunachal residents by the Chinese embassy in Delhi,India has sought more congruence and common ground in India-China relations.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
January 15, 2011 3:56:27 am

Amid the fresh controversy over issuance of stapled visas to two Arunachal residents by the Chinese embassy in Delhi,India has sought more congruence and common ground in India-China relations.

Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao has said “a conflicted or contest-ridden” relationship cannot help the two countries,which should engage in a transparent dialogue to ensure peace and stability in the region.

“It is a truism that between two such large countries such as ours,relations will be complex and with continuing areas of divergence. The challenge remains to build more convergence and common ground,” Rao said.

The remarks,made on Thursday at Singapore Consortium for China-India Dialogue on ‘Rabindranath Tagore’s Vision of India and China: a Twenty First Century Perspective’,was released on Friday.

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“I believe that the ballast must come from deeper dialogue which is defined by greater transparency,understanding the relevance and import of the words of thinkers like Tagore,realising that a conflicted or contest-ridden relationship between India and China can do neither any good,that peace and stability for an Asian century flows from the enduring strength of a well-functioning interaction between these two countries,” Rao said.

She said India and China share what is termed as a strategic and cooperative partnership for peace and prosperity today. Their relations have,in the last decade particularly,grown increasingly multi-faceted.

These two big economies of Asia are interacting closely with each other,both in terms of bilateral trade,but also on issues concerning the global economic situation,Rao said.

“The two governments have decided to institute a strategic economic dialogue as a measure of the increasing complexity and sophistication of their negotiations on economic issues,” she added.

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