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Dai Bingguo Holds Talks with India's National Security Advisor Menon

2012/12/03

On December 3, 2012, China's State Councilor Dai Bingguo held talks with India's National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon in Beijing. The two sides exchanged views on the development of Sino-Indian relations in a frank and friendly atmosphere.

The 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) reaffirmed that China will unswervingly stay on the path of peaceful development and continue to hold high the banner of peace, development, cooperation and mutual benefit, said Dai. China's policy on India is in line with the foreign policy thinking stated by the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, according to Dai. He noted that as two large emerging countries, both China and India are facing the historic task of developing economy and improving people's livelihood. The interests of China and India are linked to each other and the two's fates are related, Dai said. China welcomes the development of India. China always regards its relations with India as one of its most important diplomatic relations, according to Dai, who stressed that China sincerely wants to be India's strategic partner on the basis of equality, mutual trust, inclusiveness, mutual learning, cooperation and mutual benefit. Dai said that the Chinese side is committed to developing long-term, stable, good-neighborly, friendly and cooperative relations with India.

Bilateral cooperation in the last 10 years has witnessed remarkable results in various fields, the state councilor said, noting that China and India have respected each other, properly handled their differences and explored an effective way to get along with each other. The international situation will continue to undergo profound and complex changes. China and India should size up the situation, grasp the opportunity, adhere to dialogue and cooperation, increase mutual trust, remove interference and join hands to achieve peaceful coexistence and common development. Every step forward in the two countries' development as well as bilateral ties will contribute to the peace, security and cooperation in the world, Dai said.

Menon first congratulated on the successful conclusion of the 18th National Congress of the CPC. He said that India and China share common views on many major issues and their consensus is far greater than differences. Developing relations with China is one of the priorities of India's foreign policy, he said. This not only serves the interests of both countries, but also conforms to the trend of world development. He stressed that India will not participate in any attempt to contain China. The Indian side hopes to further strengthen bilateral high-level exchanges, maintain dialogue and consultation, expand cooperation in trade, investment, service and other fields, promote infrastructure interconnection and enhance border trade, according to Menon. He believed India-China relations will have a brighter future.

The two sides also summarized the discussions on the framework of resolution for the China-India boundary issue and reached relevant consensus. Both sides reiterated they will adhere to the “three-step" roadmap, stick to the political guiding principles for the settlement of the boundary issue and bear in mind the overall situation of bilateral ties from a political point of view. The two sides confirmed they will speed up work to further narrow differences, on the basis of peace and friendship, equal consultation, mutual respect and mutual understanding. China and India agreed to maintain peace and tranquility of the border areas before a final settlement on the issue. Both sides agreed to create a favorable atmosphere and conditions for the final settlement of the border issue and agreed that it should not affect the positive development of China-India ties.

The two sides also exchanged views on relevant international and regional issues.

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