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Indian and Chinese Leaders Engaged in Reconciliatory Talks

October 28, 2009

ALEX O. BLEECKER
The Tibet Post
October 27, 2009 18:14

At the height of Indian-Chinese tensions over
land disputes and the Tibetan issue, political
leaders from the world's two most populated
countries are currently engaged in talks to
reestablish trust between these once peaceful
neighbors and see if any mutual understandings are reachable.

This past week's meeting between Indian Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh and his Chinese
counterpart Wen Jiabao at the ASEAN summit in
Thailand was described by media experts as sober,
forthright, and constructive. In his opening
address, Wen declared, "We want to have a healthy
and steady relationship with India," while Singh
offering congratulations to the People's Republic
on their 60th anniversary. The two resolved to
work on building better understanding at the
political level and agreed that differences would not impede their progress.

To further improve the relationship between the
two countries, today Bangalore has played host to
the Ninth Trilateral Meeting of foreign ministers
of India, Russia, and China. In attendance will
be Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna
and Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. The
purposes of the talks between Krishna and Yang
will be to "discuss all issues, including
differences that persist between the two
countries, in an atmosphere of mutual trust and
on equal terms," said External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vishnu Prakash.

Current tensions between India and China exist
over the disputed north Indian state Arunachal
Pradesh, which shares a border with China. The
Communist Party is arguing that the territory
rightfully belongs to China, and has taken
exception to the His Holiness the Dalai Lama's
upcoming visit there in November. India,
likewise, has objected to various Chinese
projects in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, and has
expressed concern about the CCP's plans to dam
and/or divert water from the Brahmaputra River,
which originates in Tibet, and would seriously affect Indian water sources.
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