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Will turn this relationship into source of strength: Modi in Beijing

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Last updated on: May 15, 2015 13:16 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang witnessing the signing of agreement, at Great Hall of People, in Beijing, China. Photograph: PIB

After voicing concern over China's investments in PoK, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asked it to ‘reconsider’ its approach on some of the issues and take a strategic and long term view to push the relationship which has been ‘complex’ in recent decades.

Modi, who held wide-ranging talks with his counterpart Li Keqiang, sought tangible progress on issues relating to visa, an apparent reference to stapled visas issued by China to residents of Arunachal Pradesh, as he underlined that the two countries need to be ‘sensitive to each other's interests’.

He stressed the need for strengthening mutual trust and confidence while seeking solutions to outstanding issues. The two sides signed a record 24 agreements covering railways, mining, outer space, earthquake science and engineering, tourism, sister-cities and establishment of consulates in Chengdu and Chennai.

"Our conversations were candid, constructive and friendly. We covered all issues, including those that trouble smooth development of our relations," Modi said at a joint press interaction here along with Li after the talks held at the Great Hall of People.

"I stressed the need for China to reconsider its approach on some of the issues that hold us back from realising full potential of our partnership. I suggested that China should take a strategic and long term view of our relations," Modi said.

The statement comes a day after Modi raised concern with Chinese President Xi Jinping during their talks in Xi'an over China's $46 billion proposed investment in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

"I found the Chinese leadership responsive," he said, adding that the re-emergence of India and China and their relationship will have a profound impact on the two countries and the course of this century.

Noting that India-China relationship has been ‘complex in recent decades’, Modi said the two countries have a ‘historic responsibility to turn this relationship into a source of strength for each other and a force of good for the world’.

On the boundary question, Modi said the two sides agreed to continue to explore a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable resolution.

"We both reiterated our strong commitment to make all efforts to maintain peace and tranquility in the border region," he said. The Prime Minister said during his talks with Li he also reiterated the importance of clarification of Line of Actual Control.

China claims the border dispute is confined only to 2,000 km mostly in Arunachal Pradesh whereas India asserts that the dispute covered the western side of the border spanning to about 4,000 kms, especially the Aksai Chin area ceded to China by Pakistan.

"We are committed to set a new direction between the two largest Asian countries. I believe that my discussions with President Xi and Premier Li have advanced our relationship in that direction," Modi said.

Modi said President Xi and Premier Li were very receptive to the specific concerns he had raised on the growing trade deficit which is in favour of China to the tune of $38 billion.

"We have set a high-level of ambition for our economic partnership. We see enormous bilateral opportunities and many similar challenges, like urbanisation," he said, adding he is looking forward to early impact on the ground.

On his part, Premier Li acknowledged that there were differences between the two sides on the border issue and said the two countries need to uphold peace and tranquility.

"We do not deny that there are some disagreements between us but there is a mechanism and sufficient political maturity to address them," he said.

"We stand ready to work with India to bring China-India relations to new heights," he said, adding both the countries need to seize the opportunities to play a bigger role in Asia and beyond.

Li said China and India are two important countries for the establishment of a multi-polar world. Underlining that Modi's visit has brought about ‘many pragmatic results’ ranging from space to maritime setup, Li said, "China stands ready to enhance cooperation with India and also is ready to take steps to balance our trade." 

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