New Delhi: India and China on Monday signed eight agreements after the delegation level talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang.

PM raises incursion issue with Li Keqiang

While stressing on the need "for an early resolution of the boundary dispute, Manmohan Singh said that the relationship between the two countries is essential for stability and prosperity in Asia and the world.

“There are many areas of convergence between us. We agreed that the relationship is of growing significance and essential for peaceful development, stability and prosperity in the region and the world," he said. “Both sides agreed that peace and tranquility on border be preserved,” the Prime Minister told the mediapersons.

The two countries agreed that special representatives will soon meet to continue the discussion for mutually acceptable boundary settlement. “Special representatives of India and China will meet soon to consider further measures that may be needed to ensure peace and tranquility along the border,” he said. The talks come nearly a month after the 19-km-deep incursion by the Chinese troops in Ladakh which was resolved only two weeks ago.

The Prime Minister also expressed India's concern on shared rivers between the two countries. "We agreed to expand cooperation in trans-border rivers," Singh said.

According to the Prime Minister, the rise of China was good for the world and has enough space for the growth of the two countries. "Economic cooperation is important in our relationship," he added.

Singh also invited Chinese companies to invest in the growing infrastructure sector and said there were new opportunities for economic cooperation, which will be identified through the strategic economic dialogue.

The Chinese Premier arrived in India on Sunday on a three-day state visit, his first overseas trip after assuming office in March. From India, Li Keqiang will go to Pakistan, Switzerland and Germany.

Li Keqiang invites Manmohan Singh to visit China

Inviting Singh to visit China, Li Keqiang said, “We are looking forward to Indian PM's visit to China later this year so that ties can be further strengthened.”

In his address, the Chinese Premier said it cannot be denied that there are problems between the two countries. “We are good friends. I will not deny that there are some problems in certain areas,” he said. "As long as we face the problems squarely and talk to each other with sincerity, we will eventually find proper solutions to our differences,” Li Keqiang said. He underlined the point by saying that India and China "need to live with our neighbours in harmony and make friends in the world".

Discussing the issue of river waters, he said China had in recent years shared "hydrological information" with India. "With regard to Indian concerns over trans-border rivers, in recent times we have shared hydrological information with the Indian side and we stand ready to step up communication with the Indian side with regard to the development of water resources and environmental protection," he said.

"Both sides believe that each country should see the other's development as a major opportunity for itself,” he asserted. Without the development of both these countries, Li Keqiang added, "Asia will not become strong and the world will not become a better place. By conducting effective and sincere dialogue, we believe that, by arriving at this consensus, we have made a big stride forward.”

(JPN/Agencies)

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