Stressing that the boundary dispute between India and China is “not an insurmountable issue”, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said the two countries are committed to the “eradication” of such “irritants” from their relationship.
“It is a fact that we still have an undefined boundary and therefore differences in perception, something that appears from time to time to become an insurmountable problem. But in our hearts, we know that it is not an insurmountable problem but also that both of us are committed for eradication and removal of these irritants in our relationship,” Khurshid said at the inauguration of India-China media forum Monday.
Later in the day, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh said at the conclusion of the day-long event, “Yes, the boundary question which is a particularly difficult issue remains unresolved. Yes, we have differing perceptions on some issues. And, yes we have potential differences on other matters. However, as governments we have set up a number of mechanisms for dialogue and communication to address these issues. Yes, there is need to widen and deepen the scope of our engagement in some areas. And yes, I can with confidence say, we are endeavouring in a mature spirit of reconciliation and pragmatism to manage issues that arise in our relationship even as we build on the commonalities.”
Chinese Minister of State Council Information Office Cai Mingzhao, who was also present at the event, said the two countries should focus more on the positive happenings between them.
Khurshid said the 21st century is said to be the Asian century and “it is our firm belief that this dream will remain unfulfilled if India and China are unable to find congruence on important ways in which we think on global issues.”
Meanwhile, at a meeting between Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari and Cai it was decided that the as a part of event to mark the 60th anniversary of Panchsheel (Principles of Peaceful Coexistence) the two countries will also allow high-level media exchanges.
It was also agreed that the two neighbours would explore possible areas of cooperation in the field of capacity building, co-production agreements for films, sharing of the experience of institutionalising digitisation in the broadcasting sector and enhanced participation during film festivals being held in both countries. Cai apprised Tewari of the critical components that constituted the Chinese media landscape including the developments related to the new media.