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India, China to hold talks on boundary next week

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, April 14, IRNA
India-China-Border Talks
India and China will hold another round of high-level talks on boundary question here from next Saturday as part of efforts to settle the dispute that has been nagging their relations for decades.

Special Representatives of the two countries -- National Security Adviser M K Narayanan and Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Dai Bingguo -- will hold two-day talks in Delhi and Ooty in Tamil Nadu, a PTI report said here today quoting official sources.

The nine rounds of talks have made progress and the two sides are now discussing issues related to demarcation of the border, officials said.

The tenth round of negotiations takes place three months after the last meeting of the Special Representatives here, indicating speeding up of efforts to resolve the boundary dispute.

The leadership of both the countries has been keen to settle the issue as early as possible.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, during their meeting in Philippines in January on the sidelines of India-ASEAN Summit, had said that the discussions should take place with "greater vigour and greater innovation."

Earlier, during the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao here in November last year, the two sides had decided to pursue efforts to resolve the boundary dispute as a "strategic objective" as it would advance the basic interests of the two countries.

"The Special Representatives shall complete at an early date the task of finalising an appropriate framework for a final package settlement of the India-China boundary," the joint declaration had said after Hu's talks with Singh.

The two countries reached an agreement in April 2005 on "political parameters" and "guiding principles" and the resolution to the dispute is being sought on that basis.

As per the practice of holding talks alternatively in respective countries, the tenth round was scheduled to be held in China but the Indian side requested that this time it be held here.

While one part of the discussions will be held in Delhi, parleys will continue in the holiday resort of Ooty where the two Special Representatives will go on a retreat.


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