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China says differences on S China Sea can be overcome: Report

Beijing, November 19
Chinese and Indian Prime Ministers have “vowed” to “eliminate the disturbance” in bilateral ties and to improve relations, according to official Chinese media here.

Noting that in the meeting between Wen Jiabao and Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the East Asia summit in Bali in Indonesia, differences over the South China Sea had figured prominently, the media said, adding that Beijing would make efforts with New Delhi to eliminate such differences.

“China would like to make efforts with India to eliminate disturbance and stick to the path of friendship, mutual trust and cooperation,” the state-run China Daily quoted Wen telling Manmohan Singh during their 55-minute-long meeting yesterday.

The daily said the meeting between the two leaders came a few weeks after Beijing and New Delhi quarrelled over India’s overseas oil exploration in the South China Sea (blocks claimed by Vietnam), and quoted Singh as telling Wen that despite differences, India was committed to developing the "best of relations" with China.

"We are neighbours and also large, growing economies of Asia. We should cooperate bilaterally and globally,” Manmohan Singh was quoted as saying and had conveyed to the Chinese leader that "there are enough areas where India and China can enhance cooperation."

The daily also carried comments by Sanjay Singh, Secretary (East Asia) of the External Affairs Ministry that on the South China Sea dispute, Manmohan Singh has argued that Indian explorations of oil and gas deposits were purely commercial and the issue of sovereignty should be resolved according to international law and practice.

But, the official Xinhua news agency said that though Beijing always cherished its bilateral ties with India, “China's goodwill can by no means be interpreted as a desperate outreach to endear India and other neighbours at any cost."

Xinhua report also quoted Wen as telling Manmohan Singh that he was confident that China and India would have better cooperation in the future.

Wen called on both countries to create more favourable conditions for free circulation of goods, technology, capital and services, to encourage two-way investment and cooperation in project contracts, so as to make more benefits for companies and peoples of the two countries, it said. — PTI

China rebuffs US
China pushed back on Saturday against a week of U.S. pressure to resolve a rancorous dispute over territorial claims in the South China Sea, a crucial, mineral-rich commercial shipping lane at the heart of growing tensions among Asian leaders. 

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao chastised President Barack Obama for raising the issue during an Asia-Pacific leaders summit, hours after Obama told Wen the United States wants the sea lanes kept open and peaceful, capping two weeks of Sino-US tensions. 

Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei all have claims to parts of the sea lanes, while China claims large parts of the region, which might hold rich deposits of oil and gas. — Reuters





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