Dalai Lama India's guest: PM tells China
Posted on: 03:33 PM IST Oct 25, 2009
Hua Hin, Thailand: India and China have agreed to maintain "peace and tranquility" on their disputed border, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Sunday.
Singh told reporters at the end of his two-day trip to Thailand that he had "frank and constructive exchange of views" with his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao in Hua Hin on Saturday.
Singh said that he discussed various issues with Wen both during their bilateral talks Saturday morning and later at the dinner for visiting leaders hosted by the Thai prime minister.
He said India and China had agreed that all contentious issues should be resolved amicably. "(There is a) need to maintain peace and tranquility on the border pending a settlement of the border issue."
Singh said he had told Wen that India viewed the Dalai Lama as "our honoured guest" and "a religious leader". But he made no comment on the Tibetan spiritual leader's proposed trip to Arunachal Pradesh next month.
The two countries on Saturday pledged not to let their differences derail bilateral relations as Singh and Wen held a much-awaited meeting in Hua Hin amid strained ties.
At a nearly hour-long meeting, both leaders avoided the most contentious issues - Arunachal Pradesh and the Dalai Lama's proposed November visit to the northeastern state that China opposes - as they discussed ways to build a relationship marred by a lingering border dispute.