Early Settlement of Border to Boost Ties with India: China


Chinese Government says that early settlement of the long-running dispute will remove obstacles in the bilateral ties and help both countries’ fundamental interests.

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi met in Delhi on Monday to hold the 18th round of talks on the boundary question in New Delhi under the Narendra Modi government.

Yang and Doval "reviewed the progress made at the meetings over recent years" and agreed to "press ahead with the framework negotiation along the right course", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters in Beijing.

She said the two sides had also "reaffirmed their commitment" to properly managing disputes and maintaining peace in border areas.

China saw "the early settlement of the boundary question [as being] is in the fundamental interest of the two countries," Hua added. "It is also an effective way to remove obstacles getting in the way of bilateral ties".

During Yang's visit to Delhi, both sides also had wide-ranging discussions on other aspects of the relationship as they work to finalise agreements, especially on the trade front, that will be announced when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits China in May. This will be his first trip after taking office, although Modi made several visits to the country when he was chief minister of Gujarat.

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