The special representatives of India and China will meet in Delhi next week to take forward discussions on their boundary dispute.
The talks will be held between National Security Advisor MK Narayanan and his Chinese counterpart Dai Bingguo.
"We are moving forward. China maintains the problem is left over from history and we say history has no boundaries," Narayanan told reporters accompanying Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the Philippines city of Cebu.
He said the talks would move forward on the basis of the Agreement on Political Parameters and Guiding Principles signed by the two countries in April 2005.
"It is a problem involving people and territory etc, which is bound to take some time," he added.
Both countries agreed to speed up efforts to resolve the nagging boundary dispute and to not allow it to hamper all-round development of ties during Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to India in November last year.
New Delhi and Beijing were of the view that an early settlement of the boundary issue should be pursued as a strategic objective as it will advance the basic interests of both countries.