Date
13 December 2017
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi vow to boost economic cooperation between their countries in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: Bloomberg
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi vow to boost economic cooperation between their countries in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: Bloomberg

Xi, Modi vow to work together to settle border dispute

Chinese leader Xi Jinping has vowed to work with India to maintain “peace and tranquillity” on their countries’ common border.

Speaking at a joint news conference in Delhi during his first official visit to the South Asian subcontinent, Xi said: “China-India border issue is a problem which has troubled both sides for long… As the area is yet to be demarcated, there may be some incidents.”

For his part, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for an early settlement on the border dispute, noting that the “true potential of our relations” would be realized when there is “peace in our relations and in the borders”.

On the eve of Xi’s visit, Indian media reported that Chinese troops were trying to construct a temporary road into Indian territory across the Line of Actual Control, the de facto boundary, in the disputed Ladakh region over the past week, according to BBC News.

India and China have signed 12 agreements in Delhi, including a deal for China to invest US$20 billion in India’s infrastructure over five years.

Beijing pledged to upgrade India’s railway system with high-speed trains and modern stations. It will also establish industrial parks in Gujarat and Maharashtra.

China also promises to give more market access to India to products, including pharmaceuticals and farm products.

Under the agreements, the two nations will boost cooperation in trade, space exploration and civil nuclear energy, the report said.

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