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China figured in talks between Singh, Medvedev: Rao

December 12, 2009

December 9th, 2009 - 12:35 am ICT by ANI -

Onboard Air India One, Dec.8 (ANI): Indian Prime Minister ManmohanSingh
and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev discussed the rise of China and
the complexities surrounding ties with Beijing.

While interacting with reporters on the Prime Minister?s Special
Aircraft, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao revealed that both leaders
?discussed the relationship that we (India) are developing with China,
and of course, the complexities of this relationship.?

?The outstanding boundary question naturally figured and efforts that
are underway to seek a resolution to this issue and the complicated
nature of question as it exists today,? she added.

Both also talked about the Rise of China, but did not get into the
details of Chinese incursions, Rao said.

China shares borders with both India and Russia, and India isextremely
concerned over Beijing?s growing nexus with Pakistan.

Earlier, the Sino-India relationship had drawn world attention over
thewar of words that followed Chinese incursions in Ladakh and the issue
of paper visas to Kashmiris.

Recently, authorities in Kashmir stopped work on a mountainous road near
the border with China after objections were raised by the Chinese army,
an official said, underlining a festering row over the border.

The eight-kilometer-long road was being built in the remote Demchokarea
of Buddhist-dominated Ladakh area near the Line of Actual Control (LAC),
a military line that divides Indian Kashmir and the part held by China.

Tensions have risen between the two countries in the last few months
over reports in the Indian media about border intrusions by the Chinese
army.

The visit by the Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh, which China considers
to be south Tibet, has added to the mistrust between the neighbours.

The Asian giants still claim vast swathes of each other?s territoryalong
their 3,500 kilometres (2,173 miles) long Himalayan border,which has
remained largely peaceful since a border war in 1962.

Russia is also concerned over the rising Chinese influence in theCentral
Asian States and the changing demographic pattern in itsnortheastern
part. (ANI)
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