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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang calls for improving mutual trust with India


Paarull,CNN-IBN
May 20, 2013 at 10:19am IST

New Delhi: After the stand-off in Ladakh, it was a positive start to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's three-day visit to India. Keqiang on Monday said that he and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held productive talks on Sunday evening at the dinner hosted by the Prime Minister.

He also called for building mutual trust between the two countries. "India is China's important neighbour. On Sunday, PM Manmohan Singh and I had a productive session. With this visit, I hope that both sides increase mutual strategic trust," Li Keqiang said.

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"The development and prosperity of the world cannot happen without simultaneous development of India and China," Keqiang added.

On Sunday evening, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met Premier Li for a private dinner where he raised the Ladakh incursion issue. Sources say that he stressed on the need for peace on the border.

Sources have also told CNN-IBN that the Prime Minister raised concerns on the water flow of trans-border rivers and the construction of Chinese dams on Brahmaputra.

Sources say the two leaders agreed that special representatives tasked with negotiating a boundary settlement would meet soon. It is likely that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will host a formal dinner on Monday for Premier Li.

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