"We have an important strategic partnership. We are looking at important economic collaboration," Khurshid said.

"We want to collaborate with China on the International sphere. Better relations with China and a better understanding with China will give the Asian Century opportunity to become a reality," he said while returning from a two-day visit to Sri Lanka.

The External Affairs Minister said India was looking forward to greater investments from China. "We are opening up to China, China has a lot of funds to invest. We are hoping that China and India can work together in inwards investment into India through special economic industrial zones for China," he said.

On being asked whether India should tell China to "walk the talk" on border negotiations, Khurshid said, "I think we do. Intemperate language is not necessarily the best way of conveying a firm point of view that there are some preconditions."

"Don't forget that the talk that takes place, one of the objectives of the talk is to have peace and tranquility on the border," he said.

Khurshid asserted that there was an effective system for peace and tranquility on the border with China and therefore there has been no casualty on the border for several years.

"There have been events that disturb us, but events that are of a transitory nature and at the end of the day there is no permanent loss and since there are no casualties we can say that the peace and tranquility mechanism that we have is working," he said.


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