Several pacts likely to be signed during Wen`s visit

About half-a-dozen pacts are likely to be signed during Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao`s visit to the country during which he will also hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on key security and strategic issues.

Last Updated: Dec 09, 2010, 14:35 PM IST

New Delhi: About half-a-dozen pacts are
likely to be signed during Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao`s visit
to the country during which he will also hold talks with Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh on key security and strategic issues
and address a public function.

India is expected to raise bilateral issues impacting
bilateral ties such as stapled visa to residents of Jammu and
Kashmir, activities of Chinese firms in Pakistan-occupied-
Kashmir and increasing military sales to Pakistan and
China-Pak civil nuclear co-operation.

Singh had sent a clear signal to Beijing during his
meeting with Wen on the margins of ASEAN recently when he
stated that both parties "need to show sensitivity to each
other?s core issues".

The visit, coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the
diplomatic ties between the two countries, is also seen by
many here as an attempt to put onto track bilateral relations
which had hit a rocky patch in recent past.

Among other areas, the pacts likely to be signed would pertain to hydro projects, including flood forecasting and cultural exchanges.

Wen last visited India in April 2005 during which the
two sides inked agreement on the Political Parameters and
Guiding Principles for the Settlement of the India-China
Boundary Question.

During his three-day stay, Wen will address a public
function, also expected to be attended by Members of
Parliament and other prominent personalities. In 2005 also,
Wen had addressed similar kind of public function.

Wen is accompanied by a biggest-ever trade delegation
of over 300 businessmen, signalling that the focus of his
"landmark" visit would be to give further impetus to the
already booming bilateral trade.
Wen`s visit is the third high-profile trip in last two
months which saw US President Barack Obama and French
President Nicolas Sarkozy, who attracted business of billions
of dollars during their trips and will be followed by Russian
President Dimitry Medvedev, who is scheduled to arrive later
this month.

PTI