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China hopeful of progress on border row with India

The ninth round of Special Representative-level parleys to solve the border issue will be held in New Delhi from January 17 to 18.

india Updated: Jan 16, 2007 16:26 IST

Buoyed by a "successful" meeting between Indian and Chinese Prime Ministers during the weekend, Beijing on Tuesday hoped that the two sides could achieve 'further progress' on the vexed boundary issue based on the political guiding principles and consensus reached.

"We hope the meeting can make further progress," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Liu Jianchao told reporters here while confirming that the ninth round of Special Representative-level parleys would be held in New Delhi from January 17 to 18.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister, Wu Dawei, who is also the Chinese Special Representative, will lead the Chinese delegation, he said.

India will be represented by National Security Adviser, MK Narayanan, who is also the Indian Special Representative to the India-China boundary talks mechanism, established in 2003.

"Both sides will further explore the solution of the boundary issue under the principles of political guidance and on the basis of the spirit of peace, friendship, equal consultations, mutual respect and mutual understanding," Liu said.

The upcoming round of boundary talks is the first since Chinese President Hu Jintao visited India in November last year when the two sides agreed to speed up the negotiations. 

It was also agreed by both sides to complete the process of exchanging maps indicating their respective perceptions of the entire alignment of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on the basis of already agreed parameters as soon as possible.

The ninth round of boundary talks will be held after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met with his Chinese counterpart, Wen Jiabao in Cebu, the Philippines, on the sidelines of the East Asian Summit.

Singh and Wen agreed that India and China should push forward border talks under the principles of political guidance and on the basis of the spirit of peace, friendship, equal consultations, mutual respect and mutual understanding. Commenting on the Singh-Wen meeting, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman described it as a "very good meeting".

Liu said both sides discussed wide range of topics, reviewing the progress in relations between the two countries so as to create mutual trust for each other.

He quoted Singh as telling Wen that no matter what others say, the two countries are having harmonious cooperation.