India-China talks end on positive note

India-China talks end on positive note

India and China on Saturday concluded their two-day border talks in a “productive, constructive and forward-looking atmosphere”, including maintaining peace and tranquility on the nearly 4,000-km boundary that saw a three-week standoff earlier this year.

The June 28-29 talks in Beijing were led by their special representatives — India’s National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon and Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi.

“The talks were held in a productive, constructive and forward-looking atmosphere,” said a Ministry of External Affairs statement in New Delhi.

The two officials “continued their discussions on a framework for a resolution of the boundary question, which constitutes the second step of a three-stage process”.

“As directed by the prime ministers of India and China, the special representatives also discussed the maintenance of peace and tranquility in the India-China border areas including possible additional confidence-building measures, ways and means of strengthening existing mechanisms for consultation and coordination on border affairs and methodology to enhance the efficiency of communications between the two sides,” the statement said.

“The special representatives also reviewed the status of bilateral relations in the wake of the recent landmark visit to India of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. They discussed regional and global issues of mutual interest,” the statement said.

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