Meeting between Wen and Vajpayee highlights their converging interests Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee are expected to meet on the sidelines of the Asean leaders meeting in Bali this week, another sign of the increasing high-level diplomatic contacts between the two nations. The meeting comes just three months after Mr Vajpayee's successful visit to Beijing, where the traditional Asian rivals declared that 'the common interests of the two sides outweigh their differences'. The top-level Bali dialogue will be followed by an innovative political effort to resolve the boundary dispute between the two nations. The special representatives chosen to negotiate on the boundary question, Foreign Affairs Vice-Minister Dai Bingguo and Indian National Security Adviser Brajesh Mishra, will hold their first meeting in New Delhi later this month. At the same time, Indian Commerce Minister Arun Jaitley will be in China this month to inaugurate the largest Indian trade and industry show in Beijing and Shanghai. Both sides are keen that bilateral trade, which has grown exponentially in recent years and was US$5 billion last year, is doubled by 2005. Commerce Minister Lu Fuyuan will pay a return visit to India in December. Before that, Jia Qinglin, chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, will be in the Indian capital as a guest of that country's Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat. Foreign Ministers Yashwant Sinha and Li Zhaoxing are also expected to meet early next year following the decision at the recent Beijing summit to hold annual consultations. 'There's no doubt that we're witnessing the most intensive period of top-level exchanges between India and China,' said Sujit Dutta, China expert at New Delhi's Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis. 'Both sides clearly see a convergence of interests not just in expanding trade but also on wider issues. 'India would like a more balanced power structure established in the region even while it pursues closer ties with the US. 'China wants to work towards a scenario where it can reduce US strategic pressure on itself.' Reflecting this approach, the foreign ministers of India and China, along with their Russian counterpart, met on the sidelines of the United Nations last week and emphasised the need for a political, rather than a military, solution in Iraq. Mr Sinha later said that the three countries would work together on a new security council resolution on Iraq, in addition to a proposal for reforming the world body. The Hindu daily reported that India and China were working out a timetable for joint 'search and rescue' naval exercises.