QXSino-India river talks in July

India and China on Thursday decided to hold crucial talks on cross-border rivers in July, amid New Delhi’s concerns over depletion of water levels in Brahmaputra, the lifeline of the Northeast.
External affairs minister S.M. Krishna and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jeichi held a very “smooth meeting” on the margins of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s summit here, with Beijing evincing interest in expanding its consulates in India to broaden Sino-Indian ties.
“Krishna observed that the relationship is going on smoothly than before and Yang agreed with it,” Indian officials said after the 45-minute meeting between the two.
Outlining China’s policy contours on India, Mr Yang said there were “some minor differences” with New Delhi, but maintained that they will not disturb the working relationship and friendship between the two countries.
Strategic and cooperative partnership between India and China will enhance growth for both countries and is keenly watched by the world, Mr Yang said during the meeting.
He said China will push forward developmental aspirations with India and handle “sensitive issues” very carefully keeping in mind the potential growth and economic ties with India and that is the view of the leadership of the two sides. The two ministers agreed to hold the official-level talks on cross-border rivers in July, for which the dates are yet to be fixed.

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