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India, China to hold strategic talks in Beijing

The talks are aimed at arriving to a mutually acceptable solution on the boundary issue.

world Updated: Jan 07, 2006 21:27 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

India and China will hold two-day high-level strategic talks in Beijing from Monday, aiming at exploring ways to promote cooperation and sorting out differences on the boundary issues.

The meeting between Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran and Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei assumes significance as it precedes the second round of talks between the Special Representatives of the two countries.

The Foreign Secretary has already left for Beijing to participate in the talks amid hopes that the two countries would gradually come to a "mutually-acceptable solution" on the boundary question.

The two countries have appointed Special Representatives to find a solution to the boundary issue which has been nagging relations between the two nations for five decades. National Security Adviser M K Narayanan is the SR from India while Chinese Deputy Minister Dai Binggau is the Chinese SR.

"The adoption of 'Political Parameters and Guiding Principles' Agreement has set down markers or reference points in seeking the settlement to the boundary issue," official sources said ahead of the talks.

"We should not get bogged down in technicalities. We expect to make progress through the talks. We are looking at a package to balance requirements on both sides," they said, adding that the aim was "to see if we can come to a mutually-acceptable solution" to the boundary issue.

The sources conceded that the solution may not come immediately but may take time.

First Published: Jan 07, 2006 21:27 IST

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