NEW DELHI: China lauded Indian Government’s preparations for Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit, even as both countries reached a significant decision on Thursday to hold expanded bilateral consultations on West Asia, Central Asia and Africa. Indian security officials had put the city’s large Tibetan community under house arrest during the visit of the Chinese president.
“The Chinese side appreciates the effective and concrete measures taken by the Government of India in overcoming the disruptions and the disturbances and in ensuring the safe and smooth holding of the (BRICS) summit meeting,” said Luo Zhaohui, Director General of the Department of Asian Affairs in Chinese Foreign Ministry. He accused the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama and “pro-Tibetan elements” of “trying to push extreme and radical views”.
“This is not consistent with teachings of Buddhism and it (the protests) is aimed at political purposes. We are strongly opposed to it,” he said.
Luo expressed regret that “the so called pro-Tibetan elements have created trouble for Government of India”. In the evening after the BRICS Summit, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met Hu Jintao for a hour-long bilateral discussions at his Race Course Road residence.
According to official sources, both leaders said that there should be “stronger communications” as India-China relations are “most important” for the 21st century. They agreed to hold “expanded consultations” on issues related to West Asia, Central Asia and Africa. This decision came soon after the two sides had agreed to hold bilateral discussions on maritime issues.
After the talks, they lighted lamps to mark 2012 as the year of Sino-Indian friendship year.