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India-China relations: Ten-pronged strategy

Source: PTI
November 21, 2006 15:46 IST
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Following are the highlights of the joint declaration issued after the talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chinese President Hu Jintao on Tuesday. The two sides committed themselves to a ten-pronged strategy to enhance ties. They are:

1. Ensuring comprehensive development of bilateral relations.

  • Hold regular summit-level meetings
  • Open additional consulate general offices at Kolkata and Guangzhou.

2. Strengthening institutional linkages and dialogue mechanisms.

  • Concerned ministries shall intensify exchanges under the existing dialogue mechanisms.

3. Consolidating commercial and economic exchanges.

  • Endeavour to raise volume of bilateral trade to $40 billion (about Rs 90,000 crore) by 2010

4. Expanding all round mutually beneficial cooperation

  • Agree to fully implement the provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of oil and natural gas.
  • Strengthen cooperation in the information and communication technology sector.
  • Set-up expert-level mechanism to exchange flood season hydrological data.

5. Instilling mutual trust and confidence through defence cooperation.

  • Fully implement provisions of MoU for exchanges and cooperation in the field of Defence signed on May 29, this year

6. Seeking early settlement of outstanding issues.

  • Committed to resolve outstanding differences, including boundary through peaceful means in a fair, reasonable, mutually acceptable and proactive manner.
  • Joint Working Group on the boundary issue to expedite work

7. Promoting trans-border connectivity and cooperation

  • China to provide greater facilitation to Indian pilgrims for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. Explore possibility of opening additional route.

8. Boosting cooperation in science and technology

  • Expansion of civil nuclear cooperation.
  • Strengthen cooperation in the use of space-based technologies.

9. Revitalising cultural ties and nurturing people-to-people exchanges.

  • Organise 'Festival of India' in China and 'Festival of China' in India.
  • Establish India-China Exchange Foundation.
  • Launch new Educational Exchange Programme
  • Organise the India-China Year of Friendship through Tourism in 2007.

10. Expanding cooperation on regional and international stage.

  • Shall positively assess the trilateral dialogue mechanism among India, China and Russia.
  • Revitalise and broaden India-China dialogue mechanism on counter-terrorism.
  • Share developmental experiences with other developing countries and the international community through two-part seminar in New Delhi and Beijing.
  • Strengthen cooperation in the World Trade Organisation.
  • India to continue to abide by 'One China' policy.
  • India reiterates its recognition of the Tibet Autonomous Region as part of China and not to allow Tibetans to engage in anti-China political activities in India.

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