Talks Begin between India, China Delegation over Boundary Dispute

To devise a framework for a final settlement of decades-old boundary dispute, special representatives of India and China have initiated two-day talks.

National Security Advisor MK Narayanan leads Indian delegation for the 13th round of boundary talks, while the Chinese delegation is headed by Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Dai Bingguo.

The Indian delegation comprises of Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, a former ambassador to Beijing, and officials of the external affairs ministry and the prime minister’s office (PMO).

In the Chinese delegation, there are Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei and officials of the defence ministry and department of boundary and ocean affairs besides Dai.

The 13th rounds of talks are being held against the backdrop of China’s renewed assertions over Arunachal Pradesh, India’s northeastern state that is claimed in entirety by both countries.

The two special representatives are likely to focus on bridging the gap on the interpretation of political parameters and guiding principles finalised during Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s visit to India in 2005.

The talks are aimed at arriving at a framework agreement for resolving the border question.

Ahead of the meeting, official sources here said the two sides were trying to expeditiously resolve the “complex” issue and are hoping for progress in the second phase of the three-stage process they agreed to six years ago. The discussions will also cover “regional and other issues of mutual interest”

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