India-Japan discuss how to tackle China
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Last Updated: Monday, October 25, 2010, 23:44
Tokyo: With both India and Japan having territorial disputes with China, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Japanese counterpart Naoto Kan India today exchanged notes on dealing with the big neighbour and agreed to engage with it closely and productively to resolve their issues.

During the course of their discussions, Kan and Singh discussed what kind of relations their countries had with China, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao told reporters while briefing on the talks between the two leaders.

Japan has maritime dispute with China while India has land boundary issue to resolve with that country.

Rao said the two leaders discussed how important their relations were with China from the strategic, security and economic point of view and how both countries desire peaceful and productive relationship with China.

They deliberated upon how it was important to engage China in "closer and more open dialogue," she said, adding the Indian side cited examples in this regard.

The Japanese Prime Minister was interested in knowing from Singh the development of India's relations with China in terms of trade and economy which has grown even while issues remain.

Talking about the disputes with China, Rao said Singh mentioned the "very well functioning system" to discuss these differences with China in an "engaging way".

Both sides felt that "this is the best way to deal with China to draw it into productive discussions to resolve issues."


First Published: Monday, October 25, 2010, 23:44

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