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India, China border talks begin today

HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 07, 2009
First Published: 01:17 IST(7/8/2009) | Last Updated: 01:18 IST(7/8/2009)
India and China will resume talks on the contentious border issue when Chinese Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Dai Bingguo meets National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan for in-camera talks on Friday.

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The 13th round of talks will be held over the next two days against the backdrop of renewed claims by China over
Arunachal Pradesh.

The last round of India-China border talks, which are in its second phase, was held in September 2008.

The talks are aimed at exploring a framework agreement for resolving the decades-old border dispute.

Talks between special representatives were initiated in October 2003.

Describing the border issue as “complex”, sources said efforts were being made to expeditiously resolve the dispute while maintaining peace and tranquillity on the border.

The talks will also cover issues of “regional and other issues of mutual interest”.

Chinese official press agency Xinhua said Beijing believed that the new round of boundary talks would play a positive role in pushing forward bilateral relations.

“In the talks, the two sides are expected to exchange views in depth about seeking a political solution to the China-India Boundary problems and safeguarding the peace and calmness in the areas along the border of the two countries,” the agency said.

India accuses China of illegally occupying 43,180 sq km of territory in Jammu and Kashmir, including 5,180 sq km Beijing has illegally ceded to Pakistan in 1963.

Beijing accuses New Delhi of occupying some 90,000 sq km of Chinese territory, most of it in Arunachal Pradesh.


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