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China announces Khurshid's visit;border row not to affect ties

Beijing, May 3, 2013, (PTI):
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Announcing the visit of External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid to Beijing on May 9, China today said both nations are committed to resolve the dispute over the presence of PLA troops in Depseng valley in Ladakh through talks without letting it to "affect" bilateral ties.

Khurshid, who would be coming here on a two-day visit at the invitation of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, would meet Chinese leaders besides holding talks with Wang, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying told media briefing here.

During his visit the two sides will have in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations as well as issues of common interests, she said adding that details about the meetings with Chinese leaders would be released later.

"We would like to make joint efforts with India to boost China-India strategic cooperative partnership through this visit", she said.

Khurshid's visit was expected to pave the way for the visit Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's visit to New Delhi later this month.

Li, who took over as Premier last month after the leadership change, wants India to be his first stop in his maiden foreign tour to signal China's desire to deepen friendly relations with India.

Li's visit to India and Pakistan is expected to be announced after Khurshid's visit here.

Noting that Khurshid's visit "represents one of the major high level interactions between China and India this year", Hua said the two sides are trying to resolve the differences over People's Liberation Army (PLA) troop presence as Daulat Beg Oldi in Ladakh region.

"While actively developing friendly cooperation, China and India are also committed to resolving disputes including the boundary ones through peaceful negotiations and try to ensure that this kind of disputes will not affect the development of the bilateral relations", Hua said.


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