'Peace, tranquillity' at border imperative, Manmohan tells Xi

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Friday told Chinese President Xi Jinping that "peace and tranquillity" at the border is imperative and that all issues as agreed earlier should be resolved.

PTI| Last Updated: Sep 19, 2014, 20:19 PM IST

New Delhi: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Friday told Chinese President Xi Jinping that "peace and tranquillity" at the border is imperative and that all issues as agreed earlier should be resolved.

Singh said it was encouraging to see expansion of relationship which is going to prove important for manufacturing and infrastructure work that is already being done.

The former prime minister made these remarks when a Congress delegation led by Sonia Gandhi met with Xi.

"Both countries are putting due emphasis on important areas of development. He (Singh) further remarked that peace and tranquillity on border is imperative and we have to remain fully committed to it as these were guiding principles," a statement released by Congress said.

Singh said both countries have to remain "steadfast" to resolve all issues "as was agreed between the two countries earlier".

"The relationship has to be inclusive, cooperative and development oriented," he said.

Sonia said India had broad consensus across political spectrum to strengthen its relationship with China.

"In today's multi-polar world, China and India had to play an important role," she said.

Sonia stressed that even though Congress is in opposition, it remains committed to strengthening of bilateral ties as it did when it was in government.

The Chinese President spoke about industrial parks, advancement in Railways and investment in infrastructure sector.

"Xi said that efforts in this direction were in continuity with what had already been negotiated when Singh was the Prime Minister and they were now gathering momentum," the statement said.

The Congress delegation included its Vice President Rahul Gandhi and senior leaders Karan Singh and Anand Sharma.

Sonia also mentioned that the the country was commemorating the 125th birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru this year.

"The Chinese President, in this context, remarked that China values Nehru's contribution immensely and fondly remembers the relationship between Nehru and first Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai," the statement added.