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India, China vow to uphold peace in first border talks post Doklam standoff

India, China agreed maintenance of peace and tranquillity in border areas is an important prerequisite for sustained growth of bilateral relations

Agencies  |  Beijing 

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India and China were locked in a 73-day-long military stand-off in Doklam from June 16 to August 28 | Photo: Reuters

In the wake of the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops at Doklam region in earlier this year, officials from both sides discussed border-related issues at the 10th round of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC) on India-China Border Affairs in on Friday.

"The talks were held in a constructive and forward-looking manner," the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement here.

"Both sides reviewed the situation in all sectors of India-China border and agreed that maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the border areas is an important prerequisite for sustained growth of bilateral relations," it stated. "In this regard, the two sides also exchanged views on further confidence-building measures and strengthening of military-to-military contacts."


The meeting comes after Indian and Chinese troops were locked in an over two-month-long standoff at the Doklam plateau in

The crisis, which erupted in June over Chinese moves to build a road in an area claimed by Bhutan, ended in August, with both sides deciding to "disengage" from the face-off point.

Earlier this month, protested Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's visit to but New Delhi reasserted that the northeastern state was an integral part of India.

In the meeting, the Indian delegation was led by Pranay Verma, Joint Secretary (East Asia), in the Ministry of External Affairs, while the Chinese side was led by Xiao Qian, Director General, Department of Asian Affairs, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The two delegations comprised diplomatic and military officials from each side, according to the ministry statement.

Role of Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination

The was established in 2012 as an institutional mechanism for consultation and coordination for the maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas.

It was established to deal with the tensions over recurring border incursions as well as to exchange views on strengthening communication and cooperation, including between the border security personnel.


The India-China border dispute covers the 3,488 km long Line of Actual Control (LAC). While China claims as Southern Tibet, India asserts that the dispute covered Aksai Chin area which was occupied by China during the 1962 war.

The talks were held in a constructive and forward-looking manner, the release said.

Both sides reviewed the situation in all sectors of India-China border and agreed that maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the border areas is an important prerequisite for the sustained growth of bilateral relations, it said.

The two sides also exchanged views on further confidence-building measures (CBMs) and strengthening of military-to-military contacts, it said.

The talks between the delegations headed by Pranay Verma, Joint Secretary (East Asia), Ministry of External Affairs and Xiao Qian, Director General, Department of Asian Affairs, were the first such dialogue between the two countries after the 72-day-long standoff at Doklam in the Sikkim section.


The standoff which began in mid-June ended on August 28 after Chinese troops stopped building a key road close to India's Chicken Neck corridor. India objected to the construction highlighting its security concerns. The road was being built by the Chinese troops in the area also claimed by

This is the first round of talks between the two countries after Chinese President began his second five-year term as the chief of the ruling Communist Party of China last month.

The talks took place ahead of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's planned to visit to India to take part in the Russia, India and China (RIC) Foreign Ministers meeting expected to be held in New Delhi next month.

Chinese officials earlier said Wang is expected to meet his Indian counterpart as well as top Indian leaders.

The contentious issues bedevilling both the countries, including the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as well as Bejing's veto blocking UN listing of JeM leader as a global terrorist are expected to be discussed during Wang's talks with Indian leaders.


Ahead of the talks, Chinese officials have expressed optimism that differences over the listing of Azhar by China in the 1267 Committee of the UN Security Council may be resolved soon. China has blocked India's application last year and vetoed a similar resolution sponsored by the US, the UK and France twice this year.

Also the 20th round of India-China border talks headed by National Security Advisor and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi, who are the designated Special Representatives, are expected to be held in New Delhi next month.

The dates for both RIC and border talks are yet to be announced.

The Special Representatives were also mandated to discuss all issues related to

The delegations at today's talks comprised of diplomatic and military officials from each side.

The two sides agreed to hold the next meeting of the at a mutually convenient time, the release said.

First Published: Sat, November 18 2017. 10:22 IST
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