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Khurshid: India positive on China talks
July 8, 2013, 8:51 am


China and India are currently negotiating a new Border Defence Cooperation Agreement [AP]

India’s External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid says border discussions with China are on the right track.

“Our bilateral talks with Chinese counterparts will deliver a positive result in the near future”, the minister said on Sunday in New Delhi.

India’s Defence Minister A K Antony recently concluded a four-day official visit to China – the first by an Indian defence minister to Beijing since 2006.

China and India are currently negotiating a new Border Defence Cooperation Agreement.

Indian media have reported that a standoff took place in April between Chinese and Indian troops along the western part of the two countries borderline.

The Indian foreign minister, however, asserted on Sunday that “merely on rumours, India cannot react with the neighbouring nations”.

The recent exchange of high-level visits and statements from Chinese leaders points to a renewed sense of urgency to resolve disputes between the two Asian giants.

“China is ready to break new ground with India” on the historical border talks, said China’s Special Representative Yang Jiechi earlier this month in Beijing.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited India in May – his first official trip since assuming office.

“We rely on progressive engagement with China. Our prime minister met the previous leadership eight times in the last few years. The first official visit Premier Li Keqiang made was to India, which I think is a very, very important gesture,” the Indian foreign minister noted last week.

India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said earlier this year that China and India together accounted for 45 per cent of world growth in purchasing power parity in 2012.

With inputs from Agencies

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