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India, China ink two agreements

M K Razdan and Anil K Joseph in Beijing | June 24, 2003 00:36 IST

India and China on Monday signed two major agreements -- one on expanding border trade and the otherajoint declaration laying down guiding principles for bilateral ties.

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao described the inking of the two agreements as a 'new phase' in Sino-Indian ties.

The details of the two documentswill be disclosed on Tuesday.

But there was speculation that expansion of the border trade could be significant if it involved trade through Nathu La Pass in Sikkim, which China has refused to recognise as part of India.

The two documents were inked at the end of the first day's talks between Vajpayee and his Chinese counterpart during which the contentious border dispute was among the topics discussed with 'an openness and frankness as between friends'.

Wen described the signing of the two documents, at the Great Hall of the People, as 'a major feat'.

Diplomatic sources told PTI the border trade agreement provides for trade through Sikkim.They added thatIndia has also decided to recognise the Tibetan autonomous region as part of the territory of the People's Republic of China.

Iftrading posts on the Sikkim-Tibet border are opened,it will,in effect, recognise Sikkim as part of India, 28 yearsafter itsmerger.

Besides the MoU on border trade, India and China also signed the first-ever joint declaration, to be made public on Tuesday, which lays down 'goals and guiding principles' for future relationship between the two Asian giants.


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dear editor, we must always remember that chinese psyche is such tht they do evrything to suit their interests..they are also in the habit of ...


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who give authority to Mr vajpai to sell part of our nation. have he asked her country men before signing such aggrement


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How can we consider this visit of PM a successfull one.on one hand we have looses sikkim and on other hand tibet this aggrement can ...


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India should never trust China. They back stabbed us in 1962. That country is still occupying 39,000 Sq Km of our territory.China also surrounding India ...


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