India and China began a fresh round of border talks on Monday, the first such meeting after Prime Minister Narendra Modi took charge in May last year.
Though India was non-committal on the outcome of the talks, Chinese official media said the two sides have agreed to “properly handle and control” their disputes before the boundary issue is solved.
The 18th round of the Special Representatives talks on boundary issues was co-chaired by Chinese state councilor Yang Jiechi and Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. Yang will meet Modi on Tuesday.
Chinese news agency Xinhua reported, “the two sides agreed to jointly safeguard peace and tranquillity in their border regions before the resolution of the vexed issue.” Significantly, China’s government-run CCTV said there has been some sort of a resolution but there could be a concrete announcement during Modi’s visit to China in May.
A commentary by Xinhua said: “The two sides also agreed to work to promote pragmatic cooperation in all fields, strengthen coordination and provide mutual support in international and regional affairs and build closer relations of development partnership in order to contribute to global peace and development.” Reviewing the progress achieved over the past years at the SR talks, the Chinese agency emphasised that the two sides should continue to move forward while taking into consideration the overall bilateral relations and long-term interests of the two peoples.