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Southern Africa-Accommodating Ian Smith

and a step-by-step process of Normalisation of relations, Morarji Desai has been saying that normal relations are not possible as long as the border dispute is unresolved. According to this view, China, being in occupation of Indian territory, should take the first step towards resolution of the dispute. In actual practice, however, India has accepted the Chinese position that a step-by-step process of normalisation, leaving the border dispute to the end, is the only practicable approach. Whatever India has been saying on the border and other issues (Karakorani highway, alleged Chinese support to ethnic insurgencies in the north-east, reiteration of Chinese support to the demand for the right of self-determination to the Kashmiris) has been for the record. The border dispute, as well as all these issues are to be discussed Peking when Vajpayee goes there.

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