Beijing, Oct 22: India’s Ambassador to China S. Jaishankar on Tuesday said that Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s visit to Beijing will see a discussion on all issues pertaining to the ‘complex’ relationship, and added that the outcomes are likely to come in the form of agreements between the two countries.
“I think what you can expect from the visit of the Prime Minister is that this being a relationship which has been very much driven by high level meetings and initiatives at that level, you will see progress on various issues on what is a broadening relationship,” Jaishankar said here today.
“You will see discussions of all issues and there are issues on which we agree, there are issues on which our interests converge, there are issues on which we may have problems. So, I think, if you take the totality of what is a very complex relationship with China, you will see various developments and this will be reflected in outcomes mostly in the form of agreements,” he added.
Jaishankar also confirmed that there will be a joint statement at the end of Dr. Manmohan Singh’s visit.
Earlier today, the Prime Minister on landing in China said he looked forward to discuss various issues with the Chinese leadership to promote further cooperation between the two countries.
“I am very happy to be visiting China. China is our great neighbour. We have centuries old civilizations and links,” Dr. Singh said here earlier today.
“There are a lot of things that we have to discuss. I am looking forward to discussing all these issues to promote further cooperation between our two countries, between the leadership of China and myself,” he added.
The Prime Minister arrived in Beijing, earlier today, on a two-day visit to China.
Dr. Singh is scheduled to hold talks with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang. The Prime Minister will also be hosted at a dinner by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Several agreements in areas like trade, economy, culture and people-to-people contacts are expected to be signed between the two sides after the talks.
This is the Prime Minister’s second visit to Beijing. Dr. Singh had previously visited China in January 2008. (ANI)