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India, China hold talks on contentious boundary issue

India, China hold talks on contentious boundary issue

<p>India and China today held a meeting between their Special Representatives on the contentious boundary issue that was preceded by talks under the working mechanism on border affairs in which additional confidence building measures and steps for maintaining peace and tranquility were discussed.</p>

India and China today held a meeting between their Special Representatives on the contentious boundary issue that was preceded by talks under the working mechanism on border affairs in which additional confidence building measures and steps for maintaining peace and tranquility were discussed.

"The talks, which were held in a candid, constructive and forward looking atmosphere, reviewed recent developments in the India-China border areas especially in the Western Sector," the Ministry of External Affairs said after the fifth meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on Border Affairs.

It said implementation of the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA), additional confidence building measures and further steps for maintaining peace and tranquility figured in the meeting. Indian delegation at the meeting of 17th round of Special Representatives was led by National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon while the Chinese side was headed by State Councilor Yang Jiechi from China.

The Special Representatives' talks will continue tomorrow as well. Today's Special Representatives meeting was the first meeting since the two countries inked the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's trip to Beijing last year.

Apart from deliberations on the India China boundary, the two sides are understood to have discussed a range of issues including bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual interest. The BDCA aims at enhancing communication between the two security forces as part of the confidence building measures being adopted to maintain status quo and stability along the nearly 4,057-km Line of Actual Control the two countries share.

The Indian delegation at the meeting of Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on Border Affairs was led by Gautam Bambawale, Joint Secretary (East Asia) and comprised representatives of the Ministries of External Affairs, Defence and Home Affairs as well as Army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police.

first published:February 11, 2014, 11:23 IST