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China and India put aside their differences

Chinese Premier Li (right) and India's PM Singh wave towards the media during Li's ceremonial reception in New Delhi. Photo: Reuters

China and India sought to avoid letting their differences overshadow ties during Premier Li Keqiang's maiden diplomatic trip to New Delhi this week, analysts said, despite his hosts' lingering concerns about China's involvement in South Asian affairs.

Thursday, 23 May, 2013, 8:07am

Li Keqiang allays India's containment fears, urges better co-operation

Premier Li Keqiang tells New Delhi that Beijing supports India playing a bigger role in the United Nations Security Council. Photo: AP

Wrapping up his maiden diplomatic trip to New Delhi, Li played down fears that China posed a threat to India, and said Beijing supported New Delhi playing a bigger role in the United Nations Security Council.

22 May 2013 - 4:30am

India and China: a developing tale

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang. Photo: EPA

Premier Li Keqiang's offered hand of friendship to India during his first overseas trip since taking office was as practical as it was diplomatic. Coming weeks after a military stand-off on the nations' disputed border, it was an obligatory gesture to a country long sceptical of China's intentions. Positive style and substance were on display in pledges and billion-dollar business and investment deals signed. But a single visit will not overcome the decades of mistrust. The benefits that a partnership would bring can only come about if both sides are willing to resolve their differences through compromise.

22 May 2013 - 2:53am

Li Keqiang vows to end border disputes as he visits New Delhi

Li Keqiang is greeted by Manmohan Singh. Photo: AFP

China and India agreed on Monday to launch a fresh round of talks to settle their long-running border disputes. They also pledged to draw up a roadmap to reach a "dynamic balance" in trade between the two emerging economic powers.

21 May 2013 - 4:18pm

Sino-India border row 'on table' for Li Keqiang visit

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: Xinhua

At the same time New Delhi thinks "very highly" of Li's decision to make India his first overseas stop since taking charge as premier, Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said yesterday.

19 May 2013 - 7:50am 1 comment

Border dispute an obstacle to building trust between China and India

Border dispute an obstacle to building trust between China and India

"Shall we keep on quarrelling like this? We must become friends again." The then Indian chargé d'affaires Brajesh Mishra couldn't believe his ears at Chairman Mao Zedong's cue as they shook hands at a May Day parade on the Tiananmen rostrum in 1970.

17 May 2013 - 5:32am 2 comments

Diplomacy the only path in China-India border dispute

Indian citizens shout anti-Chinese slogans during a protest to boycott Chinese products in Ahmedabad. Photo: AFP

The recent dramatic escalation in the age-old border dispute between India and China highlighted a recurring fragility in a relationship on which Asia's future stability hinges. The speed with which tensions were eased is, however, pregnant with possibilities, for it indicates that diplomacy at the highest levels can find lasting solutions to inherited differences.

14 May 2013 - 2:57am