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PM Modi raised all outstanding issues with Chinese leaders

Beijing:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has raised all outstanding matters with China including the boundary issue and India's concern over huge Chinese investments in PoK in a "pleasant but forthright manner" during his recent visit,
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PTI May 20, 2015 19:01 IST

Beijing:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has raised all outstanding matters with China including the boundary issue and India's concern over huge Chinese investments in PoK in a "pleasant but forthright manner" during his recent visit, diplomatic sources here said.  

Modi conveyed a "clear message" to the Chinese leadership that India is willing to expand relations with China in all aspects and both countries need to be ambitious about it, they said.

"But at the same time if we want the full potential of the relationship is to be realised we must address outstanding issues. If do not do that it will be a limiting factor. The outstanding issues were raised by him in a pleasant but forthright manner," the source said.  

Modi held lengthy round of informal talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on May 14 in Xi'an, the first day of his visit followed by structured talks with Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing the next day where the two sides discussed contentious issues bedeviling the two countries.  

While Modi took up for the first time the issue of clarification of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the 3,400 km long disputed boundary, during Xi's visit to India last year, this time he has gone beyond that and referred to other issues as well, they said.

"That provides for his approach that we are prepared to deal with China in different areas and unless we address the outstanding issues, there is a limiting factor," they said.  

The message is that "we are not holding back but there is a trust deficit because of these issues," they said.  

Modi also spoke about the urgent need for clarification on the LAC where the aggressive patrolling has resulted in tense stand offs.

The sources said India has been stating since 1993 that it would accept the concept of LAC without prejudice to its positions on the boundary.

Modi has raised the issue even though the Chinese side was reportedly not keen about it.

A line on the ground is useful for the management of boundary and trans-border contacts, the sources said, adding that it will help stop frequent transgressions.

There is also commitment on Chinese side to move towards common understanding of the LAC in the past, they said. 

While the Prime Minister has not raised the issue of close ties between China and Pakistan which is a bilateral relationship, he raised the issues relating to the POK including the China-Economic Corridor which goes through it.

 

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