Agencies, New Delhi
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh returned here this evening, concluding his five-day, two-nation tour of Russia and China. A crucial border defence co-operation agreement (BDCA) for peace and tranquility along the 4,000-km LAC and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on trans-border rivers were sealed between India and China, on the last leg of the PM’s two-nation visit from October 20-24. ‘’When India-China shake hands, the world notices,’’ the Prime Minister said after talks with his counterpart Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of People in Central Beijing yesterday. Dr Manmohan Singh had asserted that co-operation between the two countries would be a positive message for the region, particularly 2.5 billion people in the two countries.
However, the two countries could not reach an understanding on the issue of stapled visas and a visa facilitation agreement was put on hold. The pact also calls for continuing implementing confidence building measures in the military field along the LAC. The trans-border river agreement, which builds on the earlier similar pacts between the two countries, pertains to trans-border rivers and related natural resources and the environment.
As per the agreement, both sides agreed that co-operation on trans-border rivers would further enhance mutual strategic trust and communication as well as strengthen the strategic and co-operative partnership. The Chinese side agreed to extend the data provision period of the Yaluzangbu/Brahmaputra River. Dr Singh conveyed India’s concern to the Chinese leaders that as two neighbours pursuing independent foreign policies, the relationship with other countries must not become a source of concern to each other.