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India, China on path of nuke cooperation

New Delhi, Nov 21, IRNA-Scripting a new chapter, India and China today decided to 'promote' civil nuclear cooperation and accelerate efforts to arrive at a boundary settlement while declaring that they are 'not rivals' but 'partners for mutual benefit'.

After wide-ranging talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chinese President Hu Jintao, the two sides came out with a ten-pronged strategy to intensify cooperation in all areas and to give 'greater content' to their strategic partnership.

The two sides affirmed their commitment to resolve outstanding differences, including on the boundary question through 'peaceful means and in a fair, reasonable, mutually-acceptable and pro-active manner'.

While this process goes on, it would be ensured that 'such differences are not allowed to affect the positive development of bilateral relations'.

Significantly, at the joint press interaction held after 100- minutes of one-to-one and delegation-level talks, no questions were allowed.

Both Singh and Hu read out brief statements and later an eight-page Joint Declaration was issued.

"Cooperation in the field of civil nuclear energy will be promoted," Singh said.

India and China are 'committed to non-proliferation objectives and agree to expand their dialogue on the related issues, in bilateral and international fora', the declaration said.

... Payvand News - 11/21/06 ... --

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