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By Our Diplomatic Correspondent
An External Affairs Ministry spokesman told presspersons that Mr. Jia and Mr. Vajpayee discussed the first [October] meeting between the Special Representatives of the two countries, who have been tasked to explore a solution to the boundary dispute.
The two leaders also discussed the prospects for the next meeting of the Special Representatives [likely to take place some time next month in Beijing in December].
Mr. Jia, number four in the Chinese leadership, also met the External Affairs Minister, Yashwant Sinha, today, and the Lok Sabha Speaker, Manohar Joshi, on Sunday.
An official statement quoted Mr. Jia as telling Mr. Joshi that China stood by India in its fight against terrorism.He also offered condolences to the relatives of those killed in protecting Parliament House during the terrorist attack of December 13, 2001.
China had lifted all restrictions imposed on Indians in the wake of the dengue fever in this country, Mr. Jia said. His remarks came when Mr. Sinha raised the issue of an advisory issued by China relating to dengue fever in India.
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