'India, China unlikely to resolve border dispute'



New Delhi: Singapore's statesman Lee Kuan Yew does not see India and China resolving their border dispute in the foreseeable future but feels there will be no direct conflict between the two Asian giants.

He made views known on India-China relationship while speaking at a CII Singapore Symposium here today.

"Border problems have not been resolved and not expected in foreseeable future...I will be surprised if they (India and China) resolve their differences in the next 10...20...30 years," Yew, who is Singapore's Minister Mentor, said.

Although border issues, mainly on Arunachal Pradesh front, would continue to be there, business would keep flowing between the two emerging economies, he added.

"I don't see any direct strategic conflict because of border issues. It will not be all sweetness, but trade and investment will continue," Yew said.

Speaking about bilateral relationship between India and China, Yew said: "This is in interest of both (to foster bilateral ties). Both need to grow and conflict is counter-productive...I think both can grow (together)."

Yew said India has a big potential of growth if the country improves its infrastructure.

"India lacks fast connectivity between cities... Once you get your logistics right -- road, port, railways -- and cut down red tape, you will get jobs not only in IT, but in manufacturing and all. Jobs will grow and the country will be transformed," he opined.

PTI