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India, China agree to take long-term view of ties

By Our Diplomatic Correspondent

NEW DELHI, OCT. 20. India and China have agreed to take a "long-term and strategic perspective" of the bilateral relations and seize the opportunity provided by the current state of ties to "maintain its momentum." A statement from the Ministry of External Affairs today said that the Chinese State Councillor, Tang Jiaxuan, had a two-and-a-half-hour meeting with the External Affairs Minister, Natwar Singh, last night.

Mr. Singh and Mr. Tang agreed that the relations had entered a new phase of comprehensive growth and the present positive trends should be maintained.

"They expressed satisfaction at recent high-level visits, which have contributed to mutual trust and agreed to continue such exchanges."

`Constructive agenda'

"They also agreed to move the relations forward on a constructive agenda and to continuously expand and develop further areas of cooperation, while seeking fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solutions to outstanding issues, including the boundary question," the statement said.

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