Border issues should not affect India-China ties: Khurshid

New Delhi, May 11 (IANS) India and China believe that border issues should not be allowed to obstruct their relationship, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said Saturday.

Khurshid, who returned from his two-visit to China, said both the countries discussed the recent incident of Chinese incursion in Ladakh.

“We both believe that our vision and our commitment is to the larger picture between China and India and we both are equally determined that such incidents should not be allowed to stand in the way and to obstruct very meaningful growth in our relationship,” he told reporters here.

Khurshid said he took up the matter with Chinese premier Li Keqiang, who is scheduled to visit India May 20.

“I did say to Chinese side and shared with premier that we felt it is important to anaylse our respective systems and to work out why such things happened and we would be able to take some lessons from the manner in was resolved and some lessons how we ensure such things do not get repeated,” he said.

“And, if at all despite of best efforts such things happens, then we are able to address it with great urgency and less passage of time then we had suffered this time which was three weeks,” he said.

Last week, intense negotiations between India and China saw an end to a 20-day stand-off, with troops of both sides pulling back to their respective positions prior to April 15 – when Chinese forces intruded 19 km inside the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh.

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