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Published by the Canada Tibet Committee

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

2. New momentum to China talks: PM


NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Vajpayee on Wednesday said that Chinese premier
Wen Jiabao had agreed with him that the process of settling the boundary
question between the two countries needed a new momentum.

Making a statement on his recent foreign tours in the Lok Sabha, the PM said
that the principles for a final settlement of the issue had been under
discussion for some time now.

He said both sides felt that the framework of a boundary settlement should
be explored from ``the political perspective of the overall bilateral
relationship''. Both countries have already appointed Special
Representatives for this purpose.

Vajpayee said he and his Chinese counterpart were of the view that the
process of defining the Line of Actual Control (LAC) should continue without
hitches while maintaining peace on the border.

``Premier Wen and I also agreed that the joint work on the clarification of
the LAC should continue smoothly and that peace and tranquillity in the
border areas should continue to be maintained,'' the PM said.

The memorandum signed on border trade through the Nathu La pass will open up
a new trade route. As a result of the memorandum, Sikkim will cease to be an
issue in the India-China relations.

The PM said India's position on Tibet had remained unchanged. ``We have
never doubted that the Tibet Autonomous Region is a part of the territory of
the People's Republic of China,'' he said.

He said the joint declaration signed by the two PMs ``outlines the
principles and shared perspectives which will guide the future development
of our bilateral relations''.

The document, Vajpayee said, reflected their commitment to ``work more
closely together internationally to strengthen the trend towards
multi-polarity''. The two countries have agreed to cooperate on WTO issues
and other areas of concern to the developing countries, Vajpayee said.

He pointed out that during the talks, special stress had been laid on
bilateral economic relations. Representatives from the Indian industry were
in China during his visit, he said.

``There was a clear awareness on both sides of the potential of our economic
relationship,'' he said. The decision to set up a joint study group to
identify complementary factors in bilateral economic cooperation reflected
the mutual urgency for coming closer.

The decision to begin a financial dialogue is intended to accelerate and
strengthen the coordination in this area.

Vajpayee said his other visits -- to Germany, France and Russia -- were a
clear recognition of India's growing importance in world affairs.

Articles in this Issue:
  1. Sikkim will not be an issue in Sino-Indian ties
  2. New momentum to China talks: PM
  3. Indian Communist Party's Delegation Visiting Tibet
  4. Response to Michael Parenti's article on Tibet
  5. U.N.:World can't afford rich China
  6. Tibet Simplifies Tourism Procedures for Taiwanese Tourists
  7. The world's next superpower

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