India China Special Representatives Agreed For An ‘Early Settlement of Boundary Question’

National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 22 December 2017
The Special Representatives of India and China on the Boundary Question – Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor of India and Yang Jiechi, State Councillor and Member of Politburo of Communist Party of China’s Central Committee – met in New Delhi on 22 December 2017 for the 20th round of Special Representatives’ 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 countries. They re-emphasized their commitment to achieve a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution to the India-China boundary question at an early date.

The two sides agreed that pending the final resolution of the boundary question, it is necessary to maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas. In this regard, the Special Representatives exchanged ideas on various confidence building measures.

The Special Representatives also reviewed the development of India-China bilateral relations. They agreed to maintain regular contact and to advance the development of bilateral relations in all areas. They underlined the need for the two countries to build on their convergences, while seeking mutually acceptable resolutions of their differences with due respect for each other’s sensitivities, concerns 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.

Special Representative Yang Jeichi with PM Narendra Modi in new delhi
China’s Special Representative Yang Jeichi called on the PM Narendra Modi in New delhi

During the visit, the Chinese Special Representative also called on Prime Minister on December 22.

Yang Jiechi conveyed the greetings of President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to the Prime Minister.

Yang Jiechi and Ajit Doval briefed the Prime Minister on the 20th round of Talks between Special Representatives of China and India on the Boundary Question, held earlier in the day.

The Prime Minister fondly recalled his visit to Xiamen for the 9thBRICS Summit in September 2017, and his meeting with President Xi Jinping there. The Prime Minister said that a strong India-China relationship is important not only for the mutual benefit of the people of India and China, but also for the region and the world.

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