Chinese President Xi Jinping has unveiled a five-point formula to improve relations with India, and said that the resolution of the boundary dispute between the two nations won't be easy and pending its final settlement 'peace and tranquility' should be maintained on the border without affecting the overall ties.
Xi, who sent clear signals of boosting bilateral relations with India, also expressed his keenness to meet Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) next week.
Emphasising on the need for India and China with a combined population of 2.5 billion to cooperate in multilateral fora in to safeguard the 'legitimate rights and interests' of developing countries, he said 'China sees its ties with India as one of the most important bilateral relationships'.
"The border question is a complex issue left from history and solving the issue won't be easy. However, as long as we keep up friendly consultations, we can eventually arrive at a fair reasonable and mutually acceptable settlement," said Xi.
"Pending the final settlement of the boundary question the two sides should work together and maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas and prevent the border question from affecting the overall development of bilateral relations," he added.
Fifty-nine-year-old Xi, who unveiled his five proposals, said that first China and India should maintain strategic communication and keep the bilateral relations on the 'right track'.