Key concerns discussed in Singh-Wen
No breakthrough on stapled visa, terror, UNSC
DELHI, Dec 16: Talks between Chinese Premier Wen
Jiabao and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh
failed to yield any breakthrough today on India's
key concerns---stapled visa to people of Jammu
and Kashmir and terrorism emanating from
Pakistan-- and in getting support for its bid for
a UNSC permanent seat.
Wen, who is on a
fence-mending mission after one year of unease in
bilateral ties, held talks with Dr Singh for over
one hour during which bilateral, regional and
global issues were discussed.
Though the issue
of stapled visa did not figure in the joint
communique, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao told
reporters after the talks that the Chinese
Premier himself raised the issue and suggested
that officials from both the countries should
have in-depth consultations to resolve the issue.
China takes this issue very seriously and takes
our concern on this issue very seriously,"
Rao said but noted that "the ball is in
their court. There is no doubt about that."
China had also denied visa to Lt Gen B S Jaswal,
who is in-charge of Jammu and Kashmir prompting
India to suspend all defence exchanges with that
statement also did not make a reference to 26/11
and India's demand for expediting punishment to
all those responsible for the Mumbai terror
However, it talked
about the need to implement all relevant UN
resolutions, in particular UNSC resolution 1267,
1373, 1540 and 1624 dealing with among others
curbing financing of terrorism and banning of
Rao said India
conveyed its concern over terrorism emanating
from Pakistan. The need is very much there for
China to also look at the real concerns India has
with regard to terrorism emanating from Pakistan,
she said, adding that the terrorism in the region
also affects China.
conveyed its understanding of the situation in
Pakistan, Rao said, but refused to elaborate.
statement said the two sides also welcomed the
opening of the telephone hotline between Singh
and Wen and agreed on regular consultations
between the two leaders on issues of importance
to both the countries.
The two leaders
also agreed to establish the mechanism of annual
exchange of visits between the two Foreign
Ministers, it said.
On economic front,
Rao said while both countries have set a target
of USD 100 billion by 2015, India has raised its
concern over the growing trade imbalance and has
sought greater access for its goods, including
pharmaceuticals in Chinese market.
sides agreed to take measures to promote greater
Indian exports to China with a view to reduce
India's trade deficit," the statement said.
Beijing gave no
concrete endorsement on India's bid for permanent
membership of the UN Security Council and merely
confined itself to vague formulation that it
supports India's aspirations to play a greater
role in the global body.
bilateral issues, the two sides reiterated their
firm commitment to resolve differences including
the boundary question at an early date through
reiterated that resolution of the boundary
question is one of the ten-pronged strategies
agreed by leaders of the two countries. Pending
the resolution of the boundary question, the two
sides shall work together to maintain peace and
tranquility in the border areas in line with the
previous agreements," the joint statement
Singh-Wen talks, the two sides also inked six
pacts, including cooperation in the field of
green technology, one on exchange of hydrological
data of common rivers and media and cultural
exchanges. Two pacts were signed in the banking
statement while referring to India's bid for a
permanent seat in UNSC said, "China attaches
great importance to India's status in
international affairs as a large developing
country, understands and supports India's
aspiration to play a greater role in the United
Nations, including in the Security Council."
India's election as non-permanent member of UNSC
during 2011-2012 and both countries agreed to
deepen consultation within the Council.
India raised sternly with China its stance that
New Delhi was as sensitive to J-K as Beijing was
to Tibet, Rao said the Chinese are well aware of
our concerns and our positions. In fact, they
appreciated the fact that India doesn't allow any
anti-China activities, she said.
question on India-China relations, Rao said
"it is not made of porcelain China".
She said every
visit adds "substance" to the multi-
dimensional relationship between India and China.
On Wen's visit to
Pakistan and China-Pak nuclear deal, she
downplayed them and said there was a mechanism to
address the nuclear weapons issue.
Secretary said Indo-Pak ties can move in a
substantive manner, once New Delhi's legitimate
concerns over the terror activities and
anti-India agenda of leaders of these terror
groups in Pakistan were addressed.
unequivocal opposition to terrorism in all its
forms and manifestations, the two countries
stressed that there is no justification for any
act of terrorism anywhere.
committed themselves to countering terrorism
through joint efforts that include disrupting the
financing of terrorism," the statement said.
India and China
also agreed to expand cooperation in
infrastructure, environmental protection,
information technology, telecommunications,
investment and finance on a priority basis to
draw on each other's strengths and pursue mutual
benefit and win-win results.
The two sides also
noted the good cooperation between China and
India in the field of trans-border rivers with
the Indian side appreciating the assistance
provided by the Chinese side on the flood-season
hydrological data and emergency management.
interests and similar concerns on major regional
and international issues, the two sides decided
to enhance their coordination and cooperation in
Chinese enterprises to invest and participate in
Indias infrastructure development such as
in roads, railways and in the manufacturing
The two sides
agreed to encourage greater mutual investment and
project contracting cooperation between
businesses of the two countries, appropriately
handle economic and trade frictions and
differences and jointly oppose protectionism in
all forms. They constituted an India-China
CEOs Forum to deliberate on business issues
and make recommendations on expansion of trade
and investment cooperation.
The two countries
reiterated their firm commitment to resolving
outstanding differences including the boundary
question at an early date through peaceful
The two sides
reaffirmed their commitment to the Agreement on
Political Parameters and Guiding Principles for
Settlement of the Boundary Question agreed in
2005 and the process of negotiations being
undertaken by the Special Representatives and
resolved to actively seek a fair, reasonable and
mutually acceptable solution from the political
and strategic perspective.
resolution of the boundary question, they said,
they would work together to maintain peace and
tranquillity in the border areas in line with the
called for continued international adherence to
the principles of the UN Framework Convention on
Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol
including that of "common but differentiated
appreciated the joint efforts of India and China
in the international negotiations towards
arriving at fair and balanced climate agreements
with the aim of further enabling the full,
effective and sustained implementation of the
UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol according to the
mandate of Bali Roadmap. (Agencies)