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Xi admits border problem with India tough to solve

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  1. Marqueur

    Marqueur Peaceful Silence ELITE MEMBER

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    BEIJING: For the first time, a Chinese president has said resolving the boundary dispute with India won't be easy. China and India need to concentrate on boosting relationship without being held back by differences in the border region, the new president Xi Jinping said on Tuesday.

    The statement comes days before Xi's meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, perhaps for the first time in years, during the BRICS summit in Durban. "The boundary question is a complex issue left over from history and solving it won't be easy," according to a transcript released after his meeting with select editors from BRICS countries. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa form the group called BRICS.

    "However, as long as we keep up our friendly consultation, we can eventually arrive at a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable settlement," he said.

    No Chinese leader is known to have made such candid observations on the border issue in recent years. Chinese leaders and the foreign ministry usually describe the border dispute as a problem "left over from history" and seek peace and tranquillity on the border.

    Apart from mapping and technical challenges, there are sensitive and emotive issues. Areas claimed by China in Arunachal Pradesh are heavily populated. Fears of emotional backlash from ordinary people in the two countries is also a challenge for the negotiators.

    Xi has called for "solid steps" to bolster exchange and cooperation in all fields and "take China-India relations to a new height". He said the two countries should work together for peace in border areas and prevent the boundary question from affecting all-round development in relationship.

    The new president stressed on the need to "jointly follow the path of peaceful development through cooperation meets and common interests of the two countries", the transcript revealed.

    Xi outlined his five-point approach towards India, which includes peace on the border areas and enhanced economic cooperation. "China sees its relationship (with India) as one of the most important bilateral relationships and is committed to push it forward," said President Xi.

    Noting that China and India are pursuing development at a faster pace than in the past, Xi said the new situation offered many opportunities for the two countries to boost mutually beneficial cooperation.

    "Many emerging markets and developing countries, including BRICS, have enjoyed fast economic growth," Xi said during his meeting, which comes days before he leaves, on March 22, on a four-nation tour, which will include the BRICS summit.

    "Any effort to reshape the global governance system should reflect the new developments and rising aspirations in the emerging and developing countries," said Xi.

    Xi admits border problem with India tough to solve - The Times of India
     
  2. INDIAN NATIONALIST

    INDIAN NATIONALIST Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Tibet wasn't part of China in the first place so how they can justify some claims on India by extension of their annexation of Tibet remains beyond me.

    It's not that the problem is difficult to solve; if the PRC dropped such ridiculous territorial claims it would relieve all tensions. Their strategic depth isn't much increased by scraps of territory here and there in exchange for sour relaitons with neighbors, nor are they that desperate for lebensraum.

    Maybe he is trying to take a moderate approach but Indians by historic precedent can't take for granted that China isn't going to once again claim bits and pieces of Indian land in the future while India attempts to establish peaceful relations in good faith. They have only tried force to accomplish their goals, and this is the reality India should expect in the future rather than being taken advantage of again.
     
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  3. The Drdo Guy

    The Drdo Guy Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    As per my view India should debunk it's idea for tibet and china should do the same for AP.
     
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