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DATE=7/21/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=INDIA/CHINA (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-264652 BYLINE=ANJANA PASRICHA DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: China's foreign minister arrives in India late Friday [today] for an official visit. He is the highest-level Chinese official to visit India since it conducted nuclear tests two years ago. Anjana Pasricha reports from New Delhi. TEXT: Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan meets is meeting with senior Indian leaders [Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh, Prime Minister Atal behari Vajpayee] Saturday before travelling on to Pakistan. Indian officials say the visit -- although brief -- is expected to thaw relations between Beijing and New Delhi. The relationship worsened two years ago following India's 1998 nuclear weapons tests. India had said the nuclear tests were conducted to safeguard national security and cited China as its biggest security concern. New Delhi began efforts to put the relationship back on track last year when Indian Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh visited China. Since then, several senior Indian officials have visited Beijing. A security dialogue also began in May. Foreign Minister Tang has said he will convey to Indian leaders what he calls "new and constructive suggestions" on improving cooperation between the two countries. But independent political analyst Brahma Chellaney says the current visit is unlikely to go far in unraveling the difficult issues that trouble the relationship. /// CHELLANEY ACT /// The Chinese foreign minister's visit is basically a return visit, and it's largely symbolic. And I don't think it's reflective of any improvement in [the] India-China relationship. I think the relationship remains bedeviled by a number of problems, the most prominent being the growing Sino-Pak nexus [EDS: Chinese/Pakistan relationship]. /// END ACT /// On the eve of Mr. Tang's visit, Indian officials said New Delhi remains concerned about Chinese assistance to Pakistan's missile and nuclear program. They say China must be sensitive to India's security concerns. Chinese officials are trying to ease Indian fears. They say New Delhi's concerns about Beijing's military assistance to Pakistan are unfounded, and have denied recent allegations (in the U-S media) that Beijing has stepped up covert aid to Pakistan's missile program. India's relations with China are also troubled by a boundary dispute that has been going on since the two countries fought a war in 1962. Talks have been in progress for more than a decade to resolve the dispute. In recent years, the two countries have made significant troop reduction along the Indo-Chinese border. Despite the political differences between the two countries, two-way trade has been increasing. Indian officials say New Delhi and Beijing will also make efforts to increase economic and technological cooperation. (signed) NEB/AP/JP 21-Jul-2000 09:07 AM LOC (21-Jul-2000 1307 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .