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India, China, Russia stress unity after talks

October 29, 2009

By Naseeb Chand
October 28, 2009

BANGALORE, India -- The foreign ministers of
India, China and Russia stressed on Tuesday the
increasing influence of their countries on the
world stage and said they had all weathered the economic crisis well.

Ministers from the three countries said that
during talks in the Indian technology hub of
Bangalore they had found common ground over
issues ranging from climate change to trade, security and development.

Their joint statement vowed to pursue a further
"deepening and strengthening" of trilateral
cooperation to ensure peace and stability in the region.

"Despite the impact of the international
financial crisis, the pace of development of the
three countries has improved, contributing to
faster growth among them," it added.

The meeting of the countries -- normally grouped
with Brazil as BRIC -- brought together Russia's
Sergei Lavrov, India's S.M. Krishna and China's Yang Jiechi.

Yang said afterwards the participants were all
major emerging countries that "have the same or
similar positions" on matters of key
international concern, which included drug
trafficking, organised crime and oil and gas deals.

The statement said the three nations took the
threat of global warming "very seriously" and
that they would all work towards achieving a
successful result at the UN emissions conference in Copenhagen in December.

India, China and Russia stretch over 20 percent
of the world's total land mass and include about
40 percent of the global population, the statement said.

Krishna met Yang separately for 90 minutes after
the trilateral talks and described the bilateral discussions as "fruitful".

"We discussed how to further develop our
relations in light of such meetings at the
highest level between the two countries," Krishna said.

"We have agreed on the importance of further
developing high level exchanges to enhance trade
and economic cooperation and progress in our defence contacts," he said.

"We both see this as part of the progress of
building trust and understanding at the political level," Krishna added.

Shashi Tharoor, India's deputy foreign minister,
struck an upbeat note on Sino-Indian ties, which
have been hit over plans for Tibetan leader the
Dalai Lama to visit an Indian state at the heart
of a border dispute between the neighbours.

China regards the Dalai Lama, who has lived in
northern India for decades, as a "splittist" bent on independence for Tibet.

"Things seem to be very good," Tharoor told the
NDTV news channel in reference to the
cross-border relations, adding that "minor
irritants" had been blown out of proportion by the host nation's media.

Krishna and Russia's Lavrov met in Moscow on
October 21, and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh held talks with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao
at the weekend on the margins of an ASEAN summit.

Singh said he and Wen had a "frank and
constructive" discussion over control of
Arunachal Pradesh state, a dispute that took the
two nations to war nearly five decades ago and has dogged ties ever since.

Beijing recently also registered its annoyance
with New Delhi at a visit by Singh to Arunachal
Pradesh while he was campaigning ahead of state elections.

The Press Trust of India news agency reported
that police in Bangalore had arrested two Tibetan
protesters who shouted anti-China slogans and tried to enter the talks' venue.
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