China, India Hold 15th Round of Special Representatives Talks on Border Issues in New Delhi

On January 16 and 17, 2012, the 15th round of China-India Special Representatives Talks on Boundary Issues was held in New Delhi. Chinese Special Representative, State Councilor Dai Bingguo and Indian Special Representative, National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon had a candid and in-depth discussion on border issues and matters related to maintaining peace and tranquility in border areas of the two countries.

Both sides expressed willingness to carry forward the process of framework negotiation under the agreement of political guidelines in resolving boundary issues, seeking fair and proper solutions acceptable to both sides. Exchanging views on the framework of resolution, the two sides decided to sum up the consensus agreed upon since framework negotiation began, and confirm in a proper manner so as to provide guidelines for future negotiation. The two sides reiterated their efforts in maintaining peace and tranquility along their common borders before the resolution of boundary issues.

Reflecting on the healthy development of the Sino-Indian relations in recent years, both sides are encouraged by the progress. As the current international system is undergoing profound changes that provide historical opportunity for China and India, the two countries have immense potentials for cooperation and broad prospect for future development. The two sides should firmly grasp the overall goal and direction of common development of the two countries, and strive to expand cooperation, strengthen coordination and push forward China-India strategic partnership.

During the meeting, representatives of the two governments signed Agreement on the Establishment of a Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs. Dai and Menon attended the signing ceremony.

They agreed that the next round of Special Representative talks will be held in China.

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