Aug. 10 – Border talks between India and China’s special representatives resumed in New Delhi last Friday.
During the 13th meeting, Chinese Special Representative, State Councilor Dai Bingguo met with his counterpart, India’s National Security Advisor, MK Narayanan. During his stay in India, State Councilor Dai also met with the Chairperson of the Indian Congress Party, Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh.
In what was described as a cordial and frank in-depth exchange of views, both sides agreed to press ahead with the framework negotiations in accordance with the agreed political parameters and guiding principle so as to seek for a fair and reasonable solution acceptable to both.
Prior to that, both should work together to maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas. The further development of the China-India Strategic and Cooperative Partnership, as well as regional, international and global issues of mutual interest were also discussed.
According to a press release from the Chinese delegation, the Chinese side pointed out that: “The Chinese Government and people value the strategic and cooperative partnership between China and India, the largest two developing nations with a combined population accounting for 40 percent of the world’s total. ”
It adds: “Friendly coexistence, mutual beneficial cooperation and shared progress between the two neighbors will contribute not only to the people of the two countries but also Asia and the whole world. China and India have no other option than living in peace and developing side by side. ”
The unresolved border dispute between China and India has been a continuous source of tension in the past years. This year, China blocked India’s request for a $60 million Asian Development Bank loan for a project in the disputed Arunachal Pradesh area. On the other hand, India has charged China in the past of illegally claiming territory in Jammu and Kashmir.
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