India, China boundary talks on Saturday
New Delhi is also likely to seek Beijing's help in easing Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) guidelines to allow nuclear trade with India.Updated: Mar 09, 2006 20:39 IST
India and China will hold the seventh round of talks for an early settlement of the decades-old border dispute that start on Saturday and shift to a resort in Kerala for the next two days.
Special representatives, National Security Adviser MK Narayanan and Chinese Vice-Minister Dai Bingguo, who arrives on Friday, are expected to work out an "agreed framework for a boundary settlement" on the basis of political parameters and guiding principles finalised during Chinese premier Wen Jiabao's visit to India last year.
The focus of the talks - the first on the boundary issue in "the year of India-China friendship" - will be on finalising a "political settlement" to resolve the disputed 3,550-km border that will remove the single most important irritant from bilateral ties, official sources said.
The serene ambience of Kumarakom resort is likely to provide an ideal setting for thrashing out complex issues relating to the boundary dispute, the sources said.
The present round of talks takes place two months after Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran visited Beijing and Shanghai for a strategic dialogue and discussed various issues, including the border question, with the Chinese leadership.
The visit will also provide an opportunity to India to convey to Beijing that its growing relationship with the US is not directed at containing China, sources said.
New Delhi is also likely to seek Beijing's help in easing Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) guidelines to allow nuclear trade with India, they said.
China, an influential member of the NSG, has not officially criticised the India-US nuclear deal, but a Chinese foreign ministry official has stressed that the deal must conform to the requirements of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.