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Call to initiate talks with China

By Prasanta J Baruah

TOKYO, Oct 25 � India and Japan today resolved to engage China in a peaceful and constructive dialogue to resolve the contentious issues of border disputes confronting the two countries, even as they decided to give impetus to the idea of civil nuclear cooperation between them.

Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao addressing newspersons at the successful conclusion of the bilateral talks between Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said that China being a rising Asian economic giant needed to be engaged in fruitful dialogue to iron out the irritants vitiating the relations with India and Japan. �We want to see a peaceful rise of China,� she said.

On the issue of cooperation between India and Japan on the civil nuclear cooperation front, Smt Rao said both countries expressed their desire to continue the discussions . Two rounds of productive discussions have already been held in Delhi and Tokyo, while the third round has been slated to be held in November this year.Terming the negotiations as complex and delicate, Smt Rao said there has been a positive momentum to the talks with political resolve on part of both countries.

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Call to initiate talks with China

TOKYO, Oct 25 � India and Japan today resolved to engage China in a peaceful and constructive dialogue to resolve the contentious issues of border disputes confronting the two countries, even as they decided to give impetus to the idea of civil nuclear cooperation between them.

Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao addressing newspersons at the successful conclusion of the bilateral talks between Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said that China being a rising Asian economic giant needed to be engaged in fruitful dialogue to iron out the irritants vitiating the relations with India and Japan. �We want to see a peaceful rise of China,� she said.

On the issue of cooperation between India and Japan on the civil nuclear cooperation front, Smt Rao said both countries expressed their desire to continue the discussions . Two rounds of productive discussions have already been held in Delhi and Tokyo, while the third round has been slated to be held in November this year.Terming the negotiations as complex and delicate, Smt Rao said there has been a positive momentum to the talks with political resolve on part of both countries.