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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) chats with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang after a joint press conference in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 15, 2015 Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told his Chinese counterpart on Friday that Beijing needs to "reconsider its approach" to relations between the Asian giants, as the Hindu nationalist leader departed from the usual diplomatic pleasantries. Modi, who despite his hardline reputation has moved to engage with Beijing since his election last year, made the remarks after being welcomed to the Great Hall of the People by Premier Li Keqiang. "I stressed the need for China to reconsider its approach on some of the issues that hold us back from realising full potential of our partnership," Modi said, adding that he "suggested that China should take a strategic and long-term view of our relations". His comments stood out from the usual public declarations by diplomatic visitors to Beijing, who normally stick to uninterrupted pledges of friendship and good relations. The world's two most populous nations are jockeying for regional influence in Asia and their relationship is coloured by a brief but bloody 1962 border war over the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, parts of which Beijing claims as South Tibet. Another bone of contention is what Beijing sees as Delhi's support of the Dalai Lama -- a Nobel Peace Prize laureate whom China considers a separatist -- and the Tibetan government in exile, both based in India. "Our relationship…... [read more]

China has expressed "strong dissatisfaction and staunch opposition" after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited a frontier area controlled by New Delhi but claimed by Beijing, state media reported. Modi's visit Friday to Arunachal Pradesh state, to inaugurate rail and infrastructure projects, swiftly attracted Beijing's annoyance and Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin Saturday called in the Indian ambassador to lodge a "stern representation". During his meeting with ambassador Ashok Kantha, Liu said the act "undermined China's territorial sovereignty, rights and interests", the Xinhua news agency reported. Modi's visit "artificially amplified differences between the two countries on the border issue and thus went against the principles and consensus that the two sides reached on properly addressing the issue", Liu added. Ahead of their meeting, China said it "has never recognised the so-called 'Arunachal Pradesh' unilaterally set up by the Indian side", Xinhua reported. Liu also called on India "not to take any action that may complicate the border issue". India and China disagree on where their border should run in two areas, including the northeast state of Arunachal Pradesh. They were integrated into India when the country was a British colony but are claimed by China. China defeated India in a brief but bloody war in 1962 and their border dispute remains unresolved, with both sides regularly accusing soldiers of crossing over into the other's territory. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!... [read more]

China on Monday lodged a protest with Tokyo after Japanese media quoted Japan's foreign minister as saying that a disputed border region between China and India belonged to India, in the latest source of friction between the two Asian rivals. Japan's foreign ministry played down the issue, saying it could not confirm Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida's reported remarks. It added that it hoped India and China could resolve their dispute peacefully. Tensions between China and Japan have risen in recent years, fuelled by a row over a chain of uninhabited islets in the East China Sea. Their relations have long been poisoned by what China sees as Japan's failure to atone for its occupation of parts of China before and during World War Two. Japan's Sankei Shimbun, a conservative daily, quoted Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida as saying in New Delhi on Saturday that Arunachal Pradesh that lies on the contested border was "India's territory". China disputes the entire territory of Arunachal Pradesh, calling it south Tibet, especially Tawang, a key site for Tibetan Buddhism. The historic town briefly fell into Chinese hands during their 1962 war before Beijing retreated. Kishida's reported remarks drew an angry response from China, which called on Tokyo to "understand the sensitivity of the Sino-India boundary issue". "(We) have lodged solemn representations with Japan and have asked Japan to make clarifications and immediately eliminate the negative effects that have resulted from this," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a daily news briefing. Hong…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - On the occasion of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung's visit to India (October 27-29), VietNamNet talks with Prof. Srikanth Kondapalli from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (India) about the new policy of Indian PM Narendra Modi, India's role in resolving disputes in the South China Sea (East Sea or Bien Dong Sea), as well as the areas in which Vietnam and India should promote cooperation. relate news Indian media spotlight PM Nguyen Tan Dung's visit PM's India visit fruitful: Deputy FM VN, India target across-the-board development in strategic relations Vietnam rolls out red carpet for Indian investors: PM Prime Minister arrives in India on start of state visit The recent moves made by Indian PM Narendra Modi have attracted world opinion. Is it too early to say something about a Modi doctrine, or Modi grand strategy? If there is, what kind of pillars do the doctrine, or the grand strategy, cover? We, in India, have not heard about any Grand Strategy of India or a draft or document in this regard. What we came across were some statements, objectives and interests articulated in the public domain recently. The basis for this is of course the new government, for the first time since the 1980s, enjoys a simple majority in the Parliament, and that means coalition compulsions are over and that the new government can push through legislation in the Parliament with ease. The new government came with the mandate of "development', which means intensifying economic reform. For this…... [read more]

Chinese President Xi Jinping for talks in New Delhi today after the two leaders witnessed the signing of more than $3.4 billion in agreements yesterday. The world's two most populous countries are looking to bolster economic ties and resolve a long-running border dispute during Xi's trip, which began yesterday in Modi's home state of Gujarat. It's the first visit to India by a Chinese president since 2006. "It's a very significant visit as leaders of Asia's two BRIC countries want to create more economic momentum in the bilateral relationship," Rajiv Biswas, IHS Global Insight's Asia-Pacific chief economist, said by phone from Singapore. "Modi is trying to improve India's exports to China to reduce the trade deficit, and also to boost Chinese investment flows into the country in infrastructure and urban development." Modi is seeking Chinese support for his moves to revive Asia's third-biggest economy while deterring it from asserting control over disputed land along the border. He met Japanese leader Shinzo Abe in Tokyo earlier this month and will visit President Barack Obama at the White House two weeks from now. Modi told Chinese journalists on Sept. 16 that the two countries "can create a better tomorrow for all of mankind." More than a third of the world's people can have better lives if India and China boost economic cooperation, he said, according to an Indian government statement. The BRIC grouping, also comprising Russia and Brazil, will grow faster in 2014 than the global average, according to data compiled by…... [read more]

India's new prime minister rolled out the red carpet for Xi Jinping in his home town on Wednesday, as the Chinese president began a maiden visit with both sides seeking to reset the relationship between Asia's rival superpowers. has pulled out all the stops for Xi's arrival, organising an intimate riverside dinner in Ahmedabad, the main city in his home state of Gujarat, where giant billboards in Chinese, Gujarati and English have been put up to welcome him. With both sides eager to emphasise cooperation over competition, Xi said in an articled published Wednesday that "the world's factory and the world's back office" made a winning combination, welcoming Indian businesses to China and pledging much-needed funding for infrastructure development. Despite his hardline nationalist reputation, Modi moved quickly to engage with China after winning office this year on a campaign promise to revive India's flagging economy, which experts say has been held back by weak infrastructure. But Modi has also made clear he sees China as a competitor and intends to pursue a more muscular foreign policy than the previous centre-left Congress party government. During his election campaign, he said that China would have to shed what he called its "expansionist mindset", although he also spoke of his admiration for China's economic success. The neighbours, now nuclear-armed, fought a brief but bloody war in 1962 over the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh in the eastern Himalayas, and are still embroiled in a bitter dispute over the territory. Border issues are on…... [read more]

Chinese President Xi Jinping said ahead of a rare visit to India on Wednesday, playing down mistrust that has kept the Asian giants apart. India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi, is determined to build closer relations with the world's second-largest economy, whose leader arrives on Modi's 64th birthday and comes with pledges to invest billions of dollars in railways, industrial parks and roads. "As the two engines of the Asian economy, we need to become cooperation partners spearheading growth," Xi wrote in a column in The Hindu newspaper. He said China's strong manufacturing base and India's software and scientific skills had massive potential both as a production base and for creating a consumer market. Modi is seeking more access for India's IT services and pharmaceuticals to China to help balance $65 billion in annual trade that is heavily tilted in China's favour. They may also discuss working together on civilian nuclear programmes and seek a solution for a long-running travel visa row, Indian officials said. Modi hopes the leaders of the world's two most populous nations will establish a personal rapport to match the warmth he shares with Japanese Prime Minister Abe, who wished him happy returns in a phone call on Wednesday morning, Indian media reported. But beyond the smiles and the commercial embrace, ties between nuclear-armed India and China are marked by competition for energy and regional clout as well as a festering border dispute that led to a brief war 52 years ago. Even as officials rolled…... [read more]

India said on Tuesday it would firmly defend its 3,500-km- (2,200- mile-) long border with China after domestic media reported a new face-off on the disputed frontier, just days ahead of a visit by President Xi Jinping. A dog rests on the Indian side of the Indo-China border at Bumla, in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, November 11, 2009. More than 200 soldiers of the People's Liberation Army crossed into what India considers its territory in Ladakh in the western Himalayas last week, and used cranes, bulldozers and a Hummer vehicle to build a 2-km (1.2-mile) road within it, the Hindustan Times said. Indian soldiers challenged the Chinese troops and asked them to withdraw, the newspaper said. Then on the night of September 10, soldiers demolished a temporary track built by Chinese forces. There was no immediate comment by India's defense ministry. Both China and India are trying to put a positive spin on Xi's first summit meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi since the Indian leader took office in May. He arrives on Wednesday after touring the Maldives and Sri Lanka. The two countries are expected to ramp up commercial ties and open the way for Chinese investment in Indian infrastructure, including railways, but the contested border remains a stumbling block to better political ties. Both lay claim to vast tracts of territory and after two decades of talks are no closer to a resolution of a border dispute over which they went to war in…... [read more]

Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit India for the first time as head of state to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as the world's most populous nations look for progress on border disputes and trade imbalances. Xi will travel to India, Sri Lanka and Tajikistan from Sept. 12-19, China's Foreign Ministry said yesterday, after Modi won the nation's biggest electoral mandate in 30 years in May. Xi will skirt Pakistan, where he was due to sign $34 billion of investment deals, because of political unrest. "China is starting to see its region as a wider Indo-Pacific, in which the sea lanes, energy supplies and trade routes between east and west matter deeply to China's security," Rory Medcalf, director at the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney, said in an e-mail. China is seeking to boost ties with India as relations with Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines are clouded by territorial disputes. India and China, home to more than a third of the world's population, have seen sporadic border clashes over five decades, including a three-week standoff last year. India accuses China of occupying 38,000 square kilometers (about 15,000 square miles) of territory in Jammu and Kashmir, while the government in Beijing lays claim to 90,000 square kilometers of land in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. 'Territorial mindset' Modi pledged during the election campaign to take a harder line on protecting India's borders with China. Tension over territory has complicated ties since a 1962 war. Modi warned China to…... [read more]

(VOVworld) - The U-shaped or 9-dash line is China's way of claiming the East Sea without any legal or historical grounds. Some Chinese scholars continue to reject the U-shaped line. They have said that the U-shaped line issue must be resolved as the first step toward lasting peace in the East Sea. Bac Bo Gulf, stretches along and about 50 to 100 km from Vietnam's central coast southward to Malaysia's James Shoal and Indonesia's Natuna island, turns northward to circle the Philippine's Palawan Island and cover sea areas where the Philippines claims sovereignty, and ends up at Luzong Strait between the Philippines and Taiwan. In the latest Chinese 10-dotted map published in June, the U-shaped line even covers India's Arunachal Pradesh province. China's U-shaped line is a political plot to claim all of the East Sea. China has no legal grounds for its claim China could not show any document to verify the specific positions of the dashes in the U-shaped line in its public note to the UN in May, 2009. China could not explain why the U-shaped line is dotted rather than solid. China considers the U-shaped line a boundary of its "historical status", "historical waters", or "sea boundary". Many countries ask why China did not mention the "historical status" of the U-shaped line in its statement on September 4, 1958. Other Chinese legal documents, including the Ordinance on territorial and contiguous waters in 1992, the Declaration on China's territorial waters baseline in 1996, and the Law on…... [read more]

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