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6th India-China Strategic Dialouge
Apr 15, 2014

Top diplomats of India and China held the 6th round of Strategic Dialogue in Beijing on 14 April for reviewing the status of bilateral relations and exploring new initiatives to deepen the emerging ties. Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh co-chaired the talks with her Chinese counterpart Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin.

Both India-China reviewed the entire range of bilateral relations including plans for leadership-level visits in the second half of this Year of India-China Friendly Exchanges. Two sides had in-depth exchanges on bilateral relations, high level exchanges, practicalcooperation, international and regional issues of mutual concern.

Other issues including mutual concerns over stability in Afghanistan in the backdrop of the US plans to withdraw its troops from there besides India's over $35 billion trade deficit with China was also discussed in the dialogue.

Like India, China too is concerned over the return of Taliban and Al-Qaeda which could have a destabilising effect on its Muslim dominated Uygur Xinjiang province which is experiencing a spat of terrorist attacks.

India also flagged its concerns once again on $35 billion annual trade deficit and see major opening for IT and Pharmaceutical products in Chinese markets besides investments from China. Both sides also finalized plans to hold the year-long Glimpses of India festival all over China.

The intensive consultations on bilateral, regional and international issues lasted for over five hours. The talks aimed at maintaining the momentum of India-China relations and implementing agreements reached at the leadership level.

The two sides expressed satisfaction at the bilateral exchanges so far this year and discussed a possible calendar of visits and events during the remainder of the Year of India-China Friendly Exchanges.

 


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