May 20, 8:36 AM
Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has voiced India's serious concern over the recent Chinese incursion in Ladakh to his visiting Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang.
Dr. Singh also conveyed that resolving differences on perception of borders is of utmost importance for maintaining peace and tranquility and to nurture Sino-India ties.
In the restricted meeting held in New Delhi last evening, the two leaders discussed the entire gamut of bilateral relations including boundary issue, trans-border rivers and trade deficit.
Dr. Singh emphasized that maintaining status quo and peace and tranquillity along the Line of Actual Control is essential for good bilateral ties which was agreed to by Chinese Preimier.
The restricted talks were followed by a dinner attended by UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj, BJP leader Arun Jaitley and CPM General Secretary Prakash Karat.
India is highly hopeful that Mr. Li's visit will enhance mutual trust and understanding between the people and leadership of the two countries on core sensitivities.
In a written statement issued upon his arrival, Mr. Li said, it serves the interest of both countries, their people and a blessing to Asia and the world that China and India coexist peacefully, maintain friendly relations and work together to realize national rejuvenation.
AIR correspondent reports that the two leaders will hold delegation level talks today to discuss ways to further strengthen ties between the two countries. India and China will also sign agreements for cooperation in areas of trade, agriculture, environment and culture.
President Pranab Mukherjee will host a ceremonial reception to the visiting dignitary at the forecourts of Rashtrapati Bhavan today. Premier Li, during his India visit, will also address captains of Indian industry and visit the IT major Tata Consultancy Sercives in Mumbai. Mr Li arrived in New Delhi yesterday on a 3-day visit to India.