China and India Fail to Dispel Mutual Suspicion – Jo Johnson

From Financial Times:

China and on Tuesday promised to make co-operation rather than conflict the leitmotif of their rise as global economic powers, but failed to dispel the mutual suspicion that continued to blight bilateral ties.

Describing China and India as “two major countries in the emerging multi-polar world order” Hu Jintao, China’s president, and Manmohan Singh, India’s prime minister, said there was “enough space for them to grow together.”

The four-day visit of Mr Hu, which started on Monday evening, has failed to produce any breakthrough on the festering border dispute, over which the two sides fought a bloody war in 1962.[Full Text]

-Also read China and India Emphasize Cooperation from The New York Times

China and India declared today that there was room in Asia for the two emerging economic giants to coexist in a cooperative rather than competitive relationship.

At the start of a visit that was heavier on symbolism than on substantive new agreements, President Hu Jintao of China and his Indian host, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, unveiled a 10-point plan that aims to double bilateral trade to $40 billion by 2010. They also pledged “cooperation” in the field of civilian nuclear energy — potentially marking an end to decades of nuclear rivalry and suspicion.

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