20 May 2013

Chinese premier pledges to build trust with India

10:36 pm on 20 May 2013

Chinese premier Li Keqiang has pledged to build mutual trust with India, the first country he's visited since taking office in March.

Mr Li has said India and China must "improve mechanisms" to settle a long-running border dispute, pledging his commitment to "peace and tranquility".

He was speaking during a joint address with his Indian counterpart, PM Manmohan Singh, in the capital, Delhi.

During Monday's talks, the two sides discussed trade ties and other bilateral issues and signed eight agreements, the BBC reports.

A decades-long border dispute flared up in April after India accused Chinese troops of crossing the countries' de facto frontier.

The dispute over the territory in the Ladakh region has dogged the two countries since the 1950s.

Mr Singh said special representatives from the world's most populous countries would meet soon to discuss ways to end the row.

Both sides were keen to ensure that the border spat did not derail a general warming in relations.