Trade with China more important than border issue

Written by fe Bureaus | kolkata | Updated: Aug 26 2009, 09:13am hrs
India would like to focus more on trade than border issue for improving relations with China, according to MM Pallam Raju, Union minister of state for defence.

Border problem with China is a non- issue because of increasing trade and China respects its relationship with India, Raju said.

However, the defence ministry will not underplay any threat factor from any one and take all necessary steps to contain it. The border with China is determined through Mac Mohan line but China does not agree to it.

In the past few years, trade with China has gone up and we would like to concentrate on this issue at the moment, Raju said.

China has emerged as Indias second largest trade partner in 2008-09 after the US which touched $40 billion. Both the countries aim to achieve trade worth of $60 billion by 2010.

On the border issue with Arunachal Pradesh, Raju said India and China have divergent views.. There is a difference in perception about the border. China considers the state to be theirs and we consider it to be ours. In spite of it, there has been no border skirmishes, no incidents and no firing so far. But we are aware of the threat and are not undermining it," he added.