India, China hold border talks, first after Doklam standoff

India and China on Friday agreed on the need to maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas, pending resolution of the border question.
The Special Representatives of India and China on the Boundary Question met in New Delhi on Friday for the 20th round of talks. The talks were positive and focussed on bringing out the full potential of the Closer Developmental Partnership between the two countries.
The Special Representatives undertook a comprehensive review of earlier rounds of the talks and agreed that an early settlement of the boundary question serves the fundamental interests of both the countries.
During today’s border talks, first since the 73-day-long military standoff in Doklam, the two sides underlined the need to build on their convergences while seeking mutually acceptable resolutions of their differences with due respect for each other’s concerns, sensitivities and aspirations.
They acknowledged that as two large developing countries engaged in their national modernization, relations between India and China transcend their bilateral dimensions and have significance for peace, stability and development of Asia and the world. Both sides also exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual interest.
The Special Representatives also exchanged ideas on various confidence building measures during talks, said the external affairs ministry.
While the MEA statement did not say whether the Doklam issue was discussed, in Beijing, a spokesperson in Chinese foreign ministry skirted a question on whether it figured during the talks and instead said, “This mechanism is not only a high-level channel for dialogue on border issues between the two sides but also important platform for strategic communication between China and India.” During the visit, the Chinese Special Representative also called on Prime Minister on December 22.

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