New Delhi: After the stand-off in Ladakh, it looks to be a positive start to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's visit to India. Premier Li arrived in India on Sunday on a three-day visit. On Sunday evening, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met Premier Li for a private dinner where he raised the border 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. The Prime Minister also raised the need to address trade deficit between the two Asian giants.
Sources say Premier Li was warm and the converation turned out to be very positive. 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.
In a written statement issued upon his arrival, Li said it serves the fundamental interests of the two countries and their people and is a blessing to Asia and the world at large that China and India coexist peacefully, maintain friendly relations and work together to realise national rejuvenation. He also said China regarded India as an important partner and friend, adding, "I am looking forward to exchanging views with Indian leaders on bilateral ties and regional and global issues of common concern."
Li also expressed confidence that his visit would strengthen mutual trust, deepen cooperation, expand common interests and consolidate bilateral friendship, which would inject new vigour into the China-India strategic and cooperative partnership designed for peace and prosperity.