Raised incursion issue with China, but no blame game: Salman Khurshid

A week after the Ladakh incursion issue got resolved, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid Saturday sought to set a positive tone for Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang's visit later this month, saying "such incidents should not be allowed to stand in the way and obstruct very meaningful growth" in India-China relations.

China too reached out as it released two Indian nationals in Yiwu who had been detained after a trade dispute.

Speaking to mediapersons after his return from Beijing, Khurshid said he took up the incursion issue with Li, who is scheduled to visit India on May 20. "I did say to the Chinese side and shared with the premier that we felt it is important to anaylse our respective systems and to work out why such things happened... we would be able to take some lessons from the manner in which it was resolved and some lessons on how to ensure such things do not get repeated," he said.

He, however, said they were not doing a "post-mortem, or apportioning blame", adding that "the trick was not to score points."

"We both believe that our vision and our commitment is to the larger picture between India and China and we are equally determined that such incidents should not be allowed to stand in the way and obstruct meaningful growth in our relationship," he said. "And, if at all, despite best efforts, such things happens, then we are able to address it with great urgency and less passage of time then we suffered this time, which was three weeks," he added.

Khurshid took comfort in the fact that the word "incursion" was being used. "Incursion can be a joyride, but intrusion is aggressive," he said.

The minister also said that for the first time since 1954, India and China will exchange two-way high-level bilateral visits this year as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will travel to Beijing later this year.

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