Beijing, Oct 23 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said the border defence cooperation pact signed between India and China will add to existing instruments to ensure peace, stability and predictability on the borders that separate the two countries.
Dr. Singh said both sides have agreed that peace and tranquility on the border must remain the foundation for growth in the India-China relationship, even as both move forward on negotiations towards a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable settlement of the India-China Boundary Question.
"This will be our strategic benchmark," he added.
The Prime Minister said, "We agreed that, as large neighbours following independent foreign policies, the relationships pursued by India and China with other countries must not become a source of concern for each other. This will be our strategic reassurance."
Dr. Singh said that he has suggested to Premier Li that New Delhi and Beijing take every possible step to enhance mutual trust, expand common interests and deepen mutual understanding, and added that he has received Premier Li's full support for this roadmap.
The Prime Minister said both sides have agreed to enhance transparency and strengthen strategic communication at all levels to build mutual trust
"To build mutual trust, we have agreed to enhance transparency and strengthen strategic communication at all levels, including, as I said, on our shared neighbourhood. I flagged our interest in continued and expanded cooperation on trans-border rivers and received reassurances from Premier Li," said Dr. Singh.
"We decided to encourage and institutionalize greater exchanges between the armed forces of our two countries," he added.
In his statement to the media after delegation-level talks with the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Dr. Singh said the two nations agreed that the prosperity and progress of 2.5 billion Indian and Chinese people would be a major factor in Asia's resurgence, global prosperity and stability.
"As leaders of large re-emerging nations, pursuing socio-economic progress in a rapidly changing and uncertain global environment, we have resolved to realize the full promise of our partnership and maintain the friendliest of relations. This will be our strategic vision," he added.
Expressing his delight to be in Beijing once again at the invitation of Premier Li, Dr. Singh said he was touched by the warm welcome and the generous hospitality of the government and the people of China.
"I recalled to Premier Li how much India appreciated his decision to make India his first overseas destination after taking over as Premier. This year, I have had the privilege of meeting President Xi Jinping and Premier Li on a number of occasions on the margins of multilateral meetings, and, I am delighted to have another opportunity of meeting them during this visit," he added. (ANI)