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China wants push to boundary talks

delhi Updated: May 14, 2013 01:39 IST
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China and India should work faster on finding a mutually acceptable solution to their border dispute, said Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Qin Gang on a visit to New Delhi.

The two countries, said Gang, "should redouble efforts to push for a framework for negotiations to reach a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution on the boundary at an early date."

Gang, who is in India as part of a bilateral agreement under which the Indian and Chinese foreign ministry spokespersons meet regularly, preceded the official visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang by six days.

Beijing's view is that the border incident in Depsang and the manner it was handled by both sides was evidence that existing bilateral mechanisms were effective. The crisis was only further evidence of the need for both the countries to work on the boundary.

China wants to accelerate the border negotiations as they have barely moved since 2005. In particular they want the two sides to complete the political framework for resolving the dispute that was to have been the next step in the settlement process.