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India-China border mechanism soon

India and China will soon announce a mechanism on border management. This comes amid reports of sporadic incursions by Chinese troops into Indian territory, India and China are set to launch a new joint boundary mechanism later this year to maintain peace along their nearly 3,500-km border.

delhi Updated: Oct 05, 2011 23:27 IST
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India and China will soon announce a mechanism on border management. This comes amid reports of sporadic incursions by Chinese troops into Indian territory, India and China are set to launch a new joint boundary mechanism later this year to maintain peace along their nearly 3,500-km border.

The border mechanism will be an important confidence building measure and will ensure that the India-China border will remain the most peaceful and tranquil in the world, said informed sources in New Delhi on Wednesday.

The proposed mechanism would comprise diplomats from the external affairs ministry and military personnel, including representatives of paramilitary and intelligence agencies.

”With the new mechanism, we will have a direct communication link between New Delhi and Beijing,” said a source. The border mechanism was discussed between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao during their meeting on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Sanya in April.

There are already many mechanisms to deal with any incidents on the border, including flag meetings between military personnel, expert level groups and diplomatic channels. But the two sides have long felt the need for a joint mechanism that involves closer coordination between the foreign office of the two countries.

Last week, defence minister AK Antony had said that the government has decided to set up a border mechanism with China by involving all stakeholders, such as the armed forces, paramilitary forces and the external affairs ministry.

Meanwhile, Nur Bekri, chairman of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China, will be visiting New Delhi and Mumbai from November 3 to 6. He will be accompanied by a high-level business delegation to explore the possibilities of expanding trade and investment between the two countries.

This is being envisaged as a consultative-and cooperative mechanism on border affairs. According to sources, this will be diplomacy-led initiative where New Delhi and Beijing will be dealing the issue at the headquarters-level. Military officials will also be part of the mechanism.