China, India pledge to resolve border issue

Updated: 2008-01-14 23:54

Premier Wen Jiabao said Monday China should reach a fair and feasible framework to resolve its border issue with India as soon as possible.

Wen made the remarks at a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who was in China for a three-day visit beginning Sunday. It was his first visit since taking office in 2004.

Wen said China and India have made positive progress in border issue talks and the two sides should materialize a framework of solution to the issue. This is based on the strategic perspective and the overall situation of bilateral ties.

"Before the border issue is resolved, both sides should endeavour to maintain peace and stability in the border region," Wen said.

Singh said India has the political will and is resolved to work with China to address the issue with reference to the guiding principles the two nations have reached on solving international problems.

Singh added he hopes the special representatives of China and India can soon find a solution to the historical border issue.

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