Extremism is the greatest danger to Sino-Indian development: Manmohan Singh

January 15th, 2008 - 3:03 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh
By Ashok Dixit Beijing, Jan.15 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today said that extremism of all types, whether in the garb of religion or on the pretext of righting historical wrongs, posed the greatest danger to Sino-Indian economic and social development. Favouringa collective fight against terrorism whilerevealing hisvision forfutureSino-Indian ties, Dr. Singh said the recent violent developments in India’s neighbourhood have brought home the imperative need for such a step. The rise of non-state actors, often based on intolerance and narrow conceptions of identity, is a threat to all civilised nations,” the Prime Minister said.

Singh, who was speaking at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences here, said that the responsibility for developing bilateral relations further was a shared one in which both governments had a role to play. Chinese intellectuals, thinkers and scholars must lead the way by working with their Indian counterparts, and this free flow and sharing of ideas and perspectives would bind the edifice of ancient civilisational links more firmly, Dr. Singh said. (ANI)

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