|India in favour of early settlement: Swaraj|
BEIJING, Feb 1 – India is committed to finding an “early settlement” to the vexed boundary issue, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said on her maiden visit to China as she proposed a six-point template to build Sino-India ties to realise the common dream of ‘Asian Century’.
Addressing an India-China media forum at the start of her four-day visit here, she said the two countries should follow action-oriented approach, broad-based bilateral engagement, convergence of common, regional and global interests, develop new areas of cooperation, expand strategic communication, and fulfil common aspirations to usher in an “Asian Century”.
Highlighting that her visit is taking place against the backdrop of a new government taking over office in India with a decisive mandate, Swaraj said Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government propelled the aspiration of a young, vibrant and enterprising generation. “Even in the last eight months, it is already evident that dramatic transformations are under way in my country that will accelerate our journey to modernity,” Swaraj said.
She said Prime Minister Modi already met Chinese President Xi Jinping thrice and Premier Li Keqiang once. Foreign Minister Wang Yi was the first foreign dignitary to have been invited by India after the Modi government took over, Swaraj said.