India, China to speed up border dispute talks
Updated: 2005-12-16 07:00
India and China have agreed to speed up the process of resolving their
long-standing border dispute, a report quoted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as
"I had very good discussions with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao," Singh told
reporters travelling with him from an East Asia summit in the Malayasian capital
"We feel the negotiations should be
expedited... We are dealing with difficult issues. Without setting any deadline,
I do think it is possible to move forward at a faster pace..." he said according
to the Hindu newspaper on Thursday.
India and China
have agreed to speed up the process of resolving their long-standing
border dispute, a report quoted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as saying.
In another development, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang
told a regular news conference in Beijing that the two countries will
hold friendly discussions to find an appropriate solution to the border issue.
China and India account for more than 1/3 of the world's total population,
Qin pointed out, saying that Sino-Indian friendship not only conforms to the
interests of the two neighbours, but also benefits the peace and stability of
Asia and the world.
Singh, who met Wen during his four day stay in Kuala Lumpur, described it as
his "most important meeting."
Giant neighbours India and China fought a brief, bitter
border war in 1962.
A formal ceasefire line has yet to be established since
the war but the unsettled border has remained largely peaceful following
agreements signed in 1993 and 1996.