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18th Round of India-China Border Dispute Talks
Mar 26, 2015

In an effort towards demarcating the contentious boundary, India and China reinforced commitment to the ‘three-step process to seek a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable resolution’ within the agreed guiding principles. This was agreed in the 18th round of talks held in New Delhi between the Special Representatives of India and China on the Boundary Question.

  • This was first-ever boundary talks under the Narendra Modi government between the Special Representatives of India, Ajit Doval, and Yang Jeichi of China.

  • India and China agreed to take steps needed to maintain peace and tranquility along the border areas, emphasizing it was a pre-requisite for continued growth of bilateral relations. 

  • It was decided to increase contact between the forces on the two sides of the border.

  • The Special Representatives expressed satisfaction at the growing interaction between the border forces of the two countries and agreed to further expand such contacts as these constitute important confidence-building measures for maintaining peace and tranquility in the border areas.

  • Both countries undertook a comprehensive review of earlier rounds of the talks.

  • India-China expressed satisfaction on the progress made in the negotiations and emphasized commitment to the three-step process to seek a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable resolution of the border question at an early date.

  • They continued the discussions to reach a mutually acceptable framework for resolution of the “boundary question” on the basis of the Agreement on the Political Parameters and Guiding Principles.

  • Both countries viewed positively development of bilateral relations following the successful visit of President Xi Jinping to India in September 2014, which was a significant event in India-China relations.

  • The two sides agreed to build on the momentum provided by President Xi’s visit to further expand bilateral relations in areas such as railways, smart cities, vocational education, skill development, clean and renewable energy and manufacturing.

  • Both sides agreed that growing linkages between Indian states and Chinese provinces through sister-city and sister-province mechanism plays an important role in deepening bilateral ties. 

  • The two Special Representatives emphasized the importance of high-level exchanges for strengthening bilateral ties.

  • During the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Beijing in 2013, India and China had signed agreements relating to the border, including hotlines between military commanders and sharing data on trans-border rivers, besides establishing sister-city partnership between Delhi-Beijing, Kolkata-Kunming and Bangalore-Chengdu.

  • Both sides also exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual interest and agreed to enhance their consultations on counter-terrorism, maritime security, climate change, reform of the United Nations and civil nuclear energy cooperation.
 


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