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'Dr Singh's China visit will be low key and successful'
Sheela Bhatt in New Delhi | January 08, 2008 00:21 IST
Last Updated: January 09, 2008 12:40 IST
He will be accompanied by his wife Gursharan Kaur, Commerce minister Kamal Nath and National Security Advisor M K Narayanan.
Both countries want to grow and compete with other major economies. The domestic pressure to grow is compelling both sides to maintain a steady and mature relationship. So far, both sides have successfully managed to prevent any negative fallout from the unresolved border issues affect their growing economic relations.
Sources said the visit will be "no-nonsense", but fruitful in maintaining the stability and goodwill in bilateral relations. Various agreements will be finalised during Dr Singh's visit, but no dramatic results are expected on the border dispute.
Last week External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee told PTI editors that no dramatic results should be expected from the visit. 'The visit is expected to be successful. But if you are expecting a dramatic turnaround on certain issues, which are long pending, then it would perhaps be too much,' Mukherjee had said.
On Monday morning, Dr Singh will address the India-China Business and Economic Forum, where industrialists and investors from both countries will meet each other.
Later, Dr Singh and President Hu Jintao will discuss bilateral issues. On Monday, President Hu will host a banquet in Dr Singh's honour.
Over 3,045 researchers, half of them senior professors, work at CASS, covering 300 research topics. Dr Singh will speak on India and China in the global economy at CASS.
Dr Singh's foreign policy is considered to be America-centric by his critics, but sources said the United Progressive Alliance government "hasn't done anything to provoke China."
Dr Singh is likely to stick to conventional diplomacy on his business-like tour of Beijing.