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April 15, 2021

Premier Li Keqiang’s visit: India and China in border row pledge

Visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has said India and China must “improve mechanisms” to settle a long-running border dispute, pledging his commitment to “peace and tranquility”.Premier Li was speaking during a joint address with his Indian counterpart, PM Manmohan Singh, in the capital, Delhi, BBC informs.Mr Singh said special representatives from the two countries would meet soon to discuss ways to end the row. The meeting comes after a recent flare-up in border tensions. Premier Li arrived in Delhi on Sunday in the first stop of his maiden foreign trip since taking office.The two neighbours are the world’s two most populous countries.During Monday’s talks, the two sides discussed trade ties and other bilateral issues and signed eight agreements.“We don’t deny there are problems between the two sides,” Premier Li said. “We need to improve border related mechanisms and make them more efficient,” he added.“Both Mr Singh and I believe there are far more interests than differences between our two sides. We need to confront issues with a broad mind, and tackle them in a mature way,” he said. PM Singh said India and China had “agreed that our special representatives will meet soon to continue discussions seeking an early agreement on a framework for a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable boundary settlement”. “Peace and tranquility on our border has to be preserved,” he said. A decades-long border dispute flared up last month after India accused Chinese troops of crossing the countries’ de facto frontier. The dispute over the territory in the Ladakh region has dogged the two countries since the 1950s.

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