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India will not tolerate any anti-China activity: Pranab

June 7, 2008

Foreign Ministers are expected to discuss the boundary issue
The Hindu
May 6, 2008

BEIJING (Xinhua/PTI) -- Visiting External Affairs Minister Pranab
Mukherjee on Thursday said India would never tolerate any political
anti-China activities by anyone in its territory.

Mr. Mukherjee made the remarks during talks with his Chinese
counterpart Yang Jiechi. He reiterated the Indian government's
persistent stance on the Tibet issue, according to the Chinese
Foreign Ministry.

Indian officials have previously reiterated the government's stance
that the Tibet Autonomous Region is part of China's territory.

Boosting strategic ties

Mr. Mukherjee said India would make joint efforts with China to
further the strategic bilateral ties.

"I am happy to discuss and share our common perception on bilateral,
regional and international situations," Mr. Mukherjee told Mr. Yang
in his opening remarks at their official talks here.

The Foreign Ministers are expected to discuss the boundary row and
irritants surrounding it, and also review the progress in the talks
between the Special Representatives of the two countries, who have
conducted 11 rounds of negotiations.

Mr. Yang thanked India for sending relief materials worth $5 million
to quake victims in western China. He noted that Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh as well as Mr. Mukherjee had written letters
personally, expressing grief over the natural calamity, which claimed
nearly 70,000 lives.

The meeting was attended by Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon and
Ambassador Nirupama Rao.
Trade target

Earlier in the day, Mr. Mukherjee officially inaugurated the
Consulate-General of India in the southern city of Guangzhou.

At the inauguration, Mr. Mukherjee said India was keen to learn from
China's "remarkable success" in developing Special Economic Zones.

"The trade target of $60 billion by 2010 set by our two Prime
Ministers is very likely to be surpassed before 2010," Mr. Mukherjee,
who is on a four-day visit to China, said. Now the trade between the
two is around $40 billion.

Mr. Mukherjee said Guangdong province, which accounts for one-third
of China's total foreign trade, had always been at the forefront of
the country's economic reform.

"There is tremendous interest in India to learn from your
experiences, including your remarkable success in developing your
Special Economic Zone," he said.

He said Indian firms had invested in China, including in the Pearl
River Delta, and "this trend is likely to escalate in the coming years."

Meeting cancelled

Mr. Mukherjee's meeting with Premier Wen Jiabao scheduled for Friday
has been called off as he had to rush to the earthquake-shattered
southwest China.Mr. Mukherjee will instead meet Vice-President Xi
Jinping on Friday. Mr. Xi, who was appointed in March, is tipped to
be the successor of President Hu Jintao when he completes his second
term. In the presence of Mr. Mukherjee and Mr. Yang, a memorandum of
understanding on sharing of flood season hydrological data of the
Brahmaputra was signed by Ms. Rao and the Vice-Minister of China's
Ministry of Water Resources, Hu Siyi.

The data provided by China will ensure the safety and security of the
people living along the river.
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