NEW DELHI, March 1 � In a confidence-building move, India and China today decided to have maritime cooperation dialogue during the talks between the two Foreign Ministers who also discussed a host of crucial issues including those troubling the ties like Arunachal Pradesh and boundary dispute, reports PTI.
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi also focused on the preparations and outcome document for the Summit of the five-nation grouping BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) during their talks apart from reviewing the entire gamut of bilateral relations. The Summit will be held here at the month-end.
�Every possible issue that is raised whenever India-China dialogue takes place was raised and we have understood each other�s position and we have understood the perspective and we will continue to exchange these,� Krishna told reporters after the meeting with Yang.
He was asked if the issues of recent visit of Defence Minister A K Antony to Arunachal Pradesh, which led to heated exchanges between the two countries and self immolations by �free Tibet� protesters, were raised during the meeting.
The decision to have maritime cooperation dialogue is significant as both countries have been indulging in verbal sparring over the territorial issue of South China sea where India has interest in Vietnamese oil blocks.
It will include cooperation at the level of defence, navy and coastguard, government sources said.