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China, India to hold talks on border issue
June 25, 2013, 3:38 pm


China and India share a 2,000 km border [AP]

Special representatives from China and India will meet in Beijing on Friday and Saturday to discuss border issues, a foreign ministry spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Indian National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon will attend the boundary talks, known as the 16th meeting between special representatives on Sino-Indian border issues, according to spokeswoman Hua Chunying.

After returning from a trip to Beijing last month, India’s External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid announced that India and China are working on a new border defence cooperation agreement and that China has made suggestions on border protocol.

China and India share a 2,000 km border, which has never been formally delimited – the two began discussing border issues in the 1980s.

In his first foreign trip, Chinese premier Li Keqiang said that India and China need to address boundary issues at the earliest opportunity.

“India and China have not shied away from addressing the boundary question, have wisdom to find a fair and mutually acceptable solution…We have been able to put all issues on the table,” Keqiang said.

China is India’s second largest trading partner and the nations have set a trade target of $100 billion by 2015.

Source: Agencies