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Doval, top Chinese diplomat meet ahead of border talks

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

Ahead of their first official meeting, Special Representatives of and for border negotiations in Munich during which the Chinese official called for pushing forward talks to resolve the border issue and remove "disturbances" in bilateral ties.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi on the sidelines of an international security conference in Munich, yesterday and discussed steps to deepen the bilateral cooperation.

The Chinese official proposed to respect and look after each other's concerns, to push forward negotiations over boundaries and to effectively maintain the peace and safety of border areas, state-run Xinhua agency reported.

The two officials are due to hold the 18th round of border talks later this month to take the process of resolving the boundary further.

It will be the first meeting of the Sino-Indian border talks by Doval after he was designated as Special Representative.

Their meeting at Munich followed recent visit of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj here during which she held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi to make preparations for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first visit to before May 26.

Calling for more high level interactions with India, Yang whose rank is above that of foreign minister said both sides "should seize the opportunities, remove the disturbances, and strengthen the positive trend of China-relations".

He said cooperation, including those in culture, railway and industrial parks construction, should be broadened.

Yang also said and should enhance cooperation in international affairs, promoting multipolarism and protecting common interests of developing countries.

Doval, for his part, said the bilateral relations between and have improved since the new Indian government was formed.

As the two fastest growing developing countries in the world and Asian fellows, and face a number of mutually beneficial cooperation opportunities.

First Published: Sun, February 08 2015. 21:50 IST