India, China to start ‘maritime dialogue’

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.

"Siang has dried up like never before. I strongly suspect that China has started diverting the Brahmaputra or that it has built a dam to block the flow of the river," Dabi, political advisor to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, said on Thursday.

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