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India-China tie-up in small industries sector likely

By P. S. Suryanarayana

SINGAPORE Aug. 22. India and China are exploring the possibility of setting up a joint working group for cooperation in the small industries sector, according to the Union Minister, Vasundhara Raje. The Minister on Wednesday ended a week-long visit to China, where she led an entrepreneurial delegation to study the strides made by that country in small-scale industries sector and exchange views with the officials concerned.

In a brief telephonic response to questions during a transit stopover in Singapore on her way back home from China, Ms. Raje said the question of a working group was being studied. The idea was to set up a panel accessible to, or at the level, of professional interlocutors, she indicated. Commending the Chinese success story, she said that another proposal on the table related to the possibility of establishing interactive ministerial-level cooperation between the two countries involving top officials.

The Minister, who travelled to Xiamen and Shanghai besides Beijing, expressed deep appreciation of the mini-hydel projects in China. She said, in answer to a question, that the Chinese side did not raise political issues of any kind relating to India-Pakistan tensions or the anti-terror campaign.

The Chinese, she noted, ``do not allow (other) things to overstep'' the specified agenda. Her endeavour, too, was to place the question of Sino-Indian exchanges in a non-adversarial mode.

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