India, China held specific discussions: Khurshid

New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) India and China held very “specific” discussions without “shying away from anything”, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said here Tuesday.

About the discussion, Khurshid said: “How are we addressing trans-border rivers, trade imbalance, aspirations as far as the United Nations is concerned… There was no shying away from anything.”

He added that the talks were “very specific… very clear”.

Asked about the border issue between the two countries, he told reporters: “The important thing is that we managed to sort it out, and we sorted it out given the existing mechanism.”

“We are trying to not let it happen again by looking at the possibility of discovering why it happened… how the mechanisms can be strengthened. It is a very satisfactory position,” he said.

“Nobody can solve overnight something that has been there for decades, but the desire and the determination to resolve is there. That itself is a very important thing,” Khurshid said.

India and China scripted a new chapter in their ties Monday as Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh discussed the recent border row and decided to take steps for an early resolution of a dispute.

Li made New Delhi his first halt in his first foreign trip after assuming office in March. He and Singh agreed that the world’s two most populous nations and biggest economies have a lot in common, despite some known differences.

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