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India must take precaution with regard to China: PM

Amid discordant notes in India`s ties with China, PM Manmohan Singh said India has to take "adequate precautions."



Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: India has to take adequate
precautions but not give up hope of peaceful resolution of
issues with China, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Monday in
reaction to "pinpricks" by Beijing on Jammu and Kashmir and
other issues.

Relations between the two Asian giants continued to be
a mix of competition and cooperation and the effort should be
to create a milieu in which there can be peaceful competition,
he emphasised during an interaction with a group of editors
here.

He pointed out that he had worked with the Chinese
President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, whom he had
been meeting almost every year.

Manmohan Singh was responding to queries on the state of India-China relations after Beijing denied visa to a senior Indian Army general on grounds that his command included Jammu and Kashmir.

The Prime Minister, whose first year in office saw the finalization of guiding principles and political parameters to resolve the boundary question, has always advocated that there was enough room for a rising India and a rising China in the Asian hemisphere.

Singh`s comments came amid a difficult phase in India-China relations marred by sharp differences over a host of issues, including Beijing`s practice of issuing stapled visas to residents of Jammu and Kashmir.

About Pakistan, the Prime Minister maintained that it
was his sincere belief that India had to engage it regardless
of the complexity of the set up in that country, but he was
also sensitive to the Indian public opinion after the Mumbai
terror attack.

Asked about the failure of the talks between External
Affairs Minister S M Krishna and his Pakistani counterpart
Shah Mehmood Qureshi in July, Singh said that "there are
always mishaps" in Indo-Pak ties.

Engagement and dialogue were the only way forward in
Indo-Pak ties, he said, adding that he hoped that Qureshi
would accept Krishna`s invitation to visit India.

-Agencies inputs

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