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India, China to hold talks on recognising degrees

By Our Diplomatic Correspondent

NEW DELHI, APRIL 11. New Delhi and Beijing today agreed to start consultations on mutual recognition of academic certificates and degrees. They also agreed to establish a steering committee on scientific and technological cooperation to be chaired by the two Ministers of Science and Technology.

"The two sides agreed to further promote the cooperation in the spheres of education, science and technology, healthcare, information, tourism, youth exchange, agriculture, dairy development sports and other fields on the basis of mutual benefit and reciprocity," a joint statement said.

The statement also referred to the dangers posed by terrorism. "The two sides, aware of the threats posed by terrorism to the peace and security of the two countries and the whole world, resolutely condemn terrorism in any form. The struggle between the international community and global terrorism is a comprehensive and sustained one, with the ultimate objective of eradication of terrorism in all regions."

"This requires strengthening the global legal framework against terrorism. Both sides noted the positive outcome of the meetings held so far of their bilateral dialogue mechanism on counter-terrorism and agreed to further strengthen and consolidate their discussions and cooperation. It was agreed to hold the next meeting of the dialogue mechanism on counter-terrorism later this year," it said.

It added: "Aware of their linked destinies as neighbours and the two largest countries of Asia, both sides agreed that they would, together, contribute to the establishment of an atmosphere of mutual understanding, trust and cooperation in Asia and the world at large, and facilitate efforts to strengthen multilateral coordination mechanisms on security and cooperation."

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