Manmohan Singh says he had fruitful exchanges with Chinese President for solutions on pending issues

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 29, 2013 06:00 hrs

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has termed his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Durban, South Africa, as 'fruitful' and as a step in quest of practical pragmatic solutions to the pending issues between the two neighbouring countries.

Dr Singh said this on board Air India One while returning last night from the BRICS summit that was held in Durban earlier this week.

Praising the new Chinese leadership, Dr. Singh said diverse pending issues between India and China would be addressed with good and mutual understanding with the objective of arriving at long-term solutions.

"I got a distinct impression that the new Chinese leadership is as serious as the former Chinese leadership to promote good neighbourly relationship and to find practical, pragmatic solutions to outstanding issues between our two countries," he added

He also agreed to maintain and carry forward the historic ties with China.

"We both agreed that the type of intimate exchanges that used to take place when President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao were holding their respective positions and both of us agreed that we should maintain similar relationship," Dr. Singh said.

Asserting no signs of threat from China vis-a-vis diversion of river flow in Tibet region, Dr. Singh urged Beijing to endow with joint efficient mechanism in a bid to access construction activity of dams across River Brahmaputra (known as Yarlong Tsangpo or Zangbo in Tibet region of China).

"I also took the opportunity to raise the issue of trans-border river system and I requested the Chinese government to provide a joint mechanism to enable us to access the type of construction activity that is going on in Tibet Autonomous Region," he said.

In 2010, Beijing admitted that it has planned to construct a dam across the Yarlong Zangbo in order to break ground on a 510-megawatt hydropower project.

The dam has worried many that Beijing could use these dams politically, withholding water from downstream countries (Indian and Bangladesh) as a bargaining tool. (ANI)

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