China, In­dia work­ing to safe­guard bor­der peace

Two coun­tries vow to push talks on re­solv­ing is­sues in re­la­tions

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Top News - By ZHOU JIN zhou­[email protected]­

China and In­dia have agreed to jointly safe­guard peace and tran­quil­ity in the bor­der ar­eas and to push for­ward bi­lat­eral re­la­tions dur­ing a meet­ing on Sat­ur­day, the For­eign Min­istry said in a news re­lease.

The 21st round of talks be­tween Chi­nese and In­dian spe­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tives on bound­ary is­sues was co-chaired by State Coun­cilor and For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi and In­dia’s Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor Ajit Doval in Chengdu, cap­i­tal of Sichuan prov­ince.

It was Wang’s first meet­ing as spe­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive on bor­der talks with In­dia.

The two sides agreed to con­tin­u­ously pro­mote ne­go­ti­a­tion for re­solv­ing bor­der is­sues to reach fair, rea­son­able and mu­tu­ally ac­cept­able so­lu­tions at an early date, the news re­lease said.

They agreed to ap­ply the con­sen­sus of the two coun­tries’ lead­ers to ev­ery level of per­son­nel, in­clud­ing front­line troops, and fur­ther im­prove mea­sures to build trust in bor­der ar­eas, while strength­en­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion and co­or­di­na­tion be­tween de­part­ments in­volved in bor­der is­sues.

They shared the view that bor­der trade and peo­ple-topeo­ple ex­changes should be ex­panded step by step, to con­sol­i­date pub­lic opin­ion sup­port­ing friendly co­op­er­a­tion in bor­der ar­eas.

China-In­dia re­la­tions have wit­nessed pos­i­tive progress and stepped into a new de­vel­op­ment stage, they un­der­scored, adding that they will con­tin­u­ously strengthen com­mu­ni­ca­tion and lift po­lit­i­cal mu­tual trust.

Wang called upon the two coun­tries to pro­mote con­struc­tive ne­go­ti­a­tion on bor­der is­sues in or­der to cre­ate bet­ter con­di­tions and en­vi­ron­ment for bi­lat­eral ties.

Doval said the two coun­tries should send a pos­i­tive sig­nal to the world that China and In­dia have the wis­dom and abil­ity to peace­fully re­solve the is­sue through di­a­logue.

It is the first talk be­tween the spe­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tives after the in­for­mal Wuhan sum­mit be­tween Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi in April. The last round, held in New Delhi be­tween then state coun­cilor Yang Jiechi and Doval, took place after China and In­dia de­fused a twom­onth bor­der stand­off be­tween their troops last year.

Sun Hong­nian, a re­searcher of China’s south­west bor­ders at the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sciences, said that the talk worked as a sta­bi­lizer in China-In­dia re­la­tions.

“The reaf­fir­ma­tion of strength­en­ing ne­go­ti­a­tion on bor­der is­sues pulls the two sides back from the edge of con­flict and ... sets a clear goal of re­solv­ing their dis­putes”, Sun said.

Xin­hua con­trib­uted to this story.


Chil­dren in Hong Kong play with a mon­key mar­i­onette on Sat­ur­day as a pup­pet show is per­formed by artists from Quanzhou, Fu­jian prov­ince.

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