India, China to start ‘maritime dialogue’
- Kolkata: Under-construction bridge collapses, several feared dead
- Ban verbal, unilateral and triple talaq: Central government panel
- Dantewada attack: Info on troop movement was leaked, says CRPF
- PM Modi arrives in US for Nuclear Security Summit
- Hold all polls together, save time, money: PM Modi floats idea
India and China Thursday decided to initiate a "maritime dialogue" and hold the first meeting of the newly-created working mechanism on border management in Beijing next week, ahead of President Hu Jintao's visit to New Delhi for the BRICS summit later this month.
At a meeting between Foreign Minister S M Krishna and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi Thursday, the two sides also agreed to set up an Indo-China media forum, with Beijing allowing Zee TV to broadcast in China.
The launch of the maritime dialogue, a significant move in view of the growing profile of as well as the rivalry between Indian and Chinese navies in the Indian Ocean.
"It was a suggestion from the Chinese side. Both countries are maritime nations with long coastlines," Gautam Bambawale, joint secretary in-charge of China, said.
Krishna also raised the issue of imbalance in bilateral trade, which has exceeded $60 billion with a huge surplus in Beijing's favour, and urged China to allow Indian IT and pharma companies access to the Chinese market.
Siang 'drying', Arunachal legislator sees China hand
The Siang — as the Tsangpo is known after it enters India from Tibet — is "drying up", senior Arunachal Pradesh MLA Tako Dabi says and suspects China might ve diverting the river.
- Uttarakhand shows how BJP promises of cooperative federalism
- There was ghar wapsi and beef. Nationalism has been added to the list
- India has found itself a new hero in Virat Kohli
- The legend of parachuting cats
- Punjab’s fair weather critics
- Bharat Mata pivot gives BJP a narrative to link what the RSS wants