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Issues with China can be resolved by talks: Pranab

Source: PTI
November 09, 2009 09:08 IST
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Amid China's claims over parts of Arunachal Pradesh, India on Sunday said the differences between New Delhi and Beijing over border issues can be resolved through dialogue.

"It is true that we have differences with China over the border. But we have agreed to resolve them through dialogue," Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters after the G-20 meeting in Scotland.

Both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao had agreed to maintain peace and tranquility on the border.

On October 24, Dr Singh and Wen met on the margins of the ASEAN Summit in Thailand, amid Chinese protests over Arunachal Pradesh, and reached a consensus that the two neighbours should forge a strategic partnership.

India does not visualise any conflict on border issues with China, Mukherjee said, adding that the bilateral trade between the two countries is expanding fast.

"We have institutional arrangements. There is the Indo-China Joint Commission. They meet regularly, (so) any dispute could be resolved," he said.

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