New Delhi: China and India on Thursday agreed to
set up a working mechanism for consultation and coordination
on border affairs.
"During my visit, the two sides have agreed to set up a
working mechanism for consultation and coordination on border
affairs," Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said at the Indian
Council of World Affairs here.
"This (mechanism) will help enhance our mutual trust and
maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas," he said.
Wen termed the boundary issue between the two countries
as an "historical legacy" and said it would not be easy to
completely resolve the matter.
"It requires patience and will take a fairly long period
of time. Only with sincerity, mutual trust and perseverance
can we eventually find a fair, reasonable and mutually
acceptable solution," Wen said.
The Chinese leader said both the countries have had good
dialogue and communication and expressed a sincere desire to
work together to resolve the boundary dispute.
"In the face of difficulty, the most important thing to
do is to press ahead along the right track, narrow differences
step by step, build consensus and increase confidence," he
On the issue of trans-border rivers, Wen said China took
seriously India`s concerns and was ready to further improve
the joint working mechanism.
"We will do whatever we can and do it even better. I
would like to assure our Indian friends that all the upstream
development activities by China will be based on scientific
planning and study and will never harm downstream interests,"