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Neighbours unveil new vision

Jaunary 15, 2008
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said the danger to development came from extremism of all types and favoured a collective fight against terrorism even as he unveiled his vision of the future of Sino-Indian ties that would focus on mutual prosperity rather than animosity.

In a veiled reference to events in Pakistan and perhaps forces at home, Singh said the rise of non-state actors, often based on intolerance, and narrow conceptions of identity, was a threat to all civilised nations.

"Perhaps the greatest danger to our development comes from extremism of all types, whether in the garb of religion or on the pretext of righting historical wrongs," Singh said in his speech to Chinese think tank, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, in Beijing.

Image: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao inspecting the Guard of Honour during the welcome Ceremony in the Great Hall of People in Beijing in China on January 14, 2008.


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