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Ajit Doval, Chinese Foreign Minister hold boundary talks in Delhi

Wang Yi's India visit is the first by a senior Chinese leader after President Xi Jinping's summit with PM Narendra Modi in Mamallapuram.

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Chinese President Xi Jinping, Mamallapuram, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Informal summit
Chinese President Xi Jinping, Mamallapuram, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Informal summit

India's National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi met in New Delhi on Saturday to discuss a boundary dispute, picking up negotiations their leaders held in October.

Wang landed in Delhi on Saturday night. Officials said various dimensions of the boundary issue were discussed at the talks while both sides resolved to maintain peace and tranquility along the around 3,500-km border.

It is the first high-level visit from China to India after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held the second informal summit in Mamallapuram in October as well as after New Delhi pulled out of the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

Doval and Wang are the designated Special Representatives of the two countries for the boundary talks. Wang was to visit India for the SR talks in September but the trip was postponed then.

The two sides have already held 21 rounds of talks under the framework of SR dialogue which was set up to find an early solution to the border dispute. The India-China border dispute covers 3,488-km-long Line of Actual Control. China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of southern Tibet while India contests it.

Both sides have been asserting that pending the final resolution of the boundary issue, it is necessary to maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas.

First Published: Sat, December 21 2019. 16:11 IST