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'China and India have no fundamental conflicts'

Source: PTI
September 19, 2008 00:54 IST
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China and India have 'no fundamental conflicts' in their relations, a senior Communist Party official said on Thursday as the two neighbours launched a new round of border talks in Beijing.

"China and India have no fundamental conflicts, but share broad common interests," Li Yuanchao, a Politburo member of the ruling Communist Party of China Central Committee said while meeting Communist Party of India leader C K Chandrappan in Beijing.

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"The two sides should promote the development of China-India strategic partnership of cooperation to bring about benefits to the two peoples," Li said.

Hailing the good momentum of the comprehensive development in bilateral ties, Li, who is also head of the Organisation Department of the CPC, sought increased exchanges between the CPC and the CPI to deepen the relations between the two parties.

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"The two parties should maintain frequent contacts and strengthen exchanges of experiences to contribute to deepening the reciprocal cooperation between the two nations and the cause of each other," Li was quoted as saying by the Xinhua agency.

He said the CPC is grateful to the CPI's consistent and firm support to China on some major issues, such as the issues related to Tibet.

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Chandrappan said the CPI admires the great achievements made in the socialist construction under the leadership of the CPC, and will continue to give firm support to the CPC.

The visit by the CPI delegation comes as India and China launched a fresh round of boundary talks amid strains in ties in the wake of attempts by Beijing to block a consensus on the India-specific waiver at the Nuclear Suppliers Group meet in Vienna earlier this month.

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National Security Adviser M K Narayanan is heading the Indian delegation at the two-day talks while the Chinese side is represented by State Counselor Dai Bingguo.

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