India, China hold talks on border mechanism

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 15:15

Beijing: Indian and Chinese officials have
held vital consultations here on the newly-established
mechanism on border issues, as China asserted that the two
sides would do well to implement the specifics of some key
agreements reached recently.

A delegation of Indian officials concluded two rounds of
talks today with their Chinese counterparts to discuss the
particulars of the newly-established working mechanism for
consultation and coordination on India-China border affairs.

The mechanism aimed at ensuring peace and tranquility at
the border areas was devised during the 15th round of border
talks held in New Delhi in January this year.

Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said the
two countries should do well on specifics in implementing the
agreements on maritime security and border mechanism.

Without directly making mention of the talks on the border
mechanism, he said "we believe we need to do all these
specifics very well in implementation of important agreement
reached at the leadership level including conducting
consultations between two sides on maritime security and
working together to ensure peace and tranquility in
China-India border areas".

Yang who visited New Delhi last week and met Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister, SM
Krishna told his annual media conference here today that both
the countries want to see continuous, sound and steady growth
of their bilateral relations and want to enhance, increase
mutual trust and expand cooperation.

"I had a thorough exchange of views and meeting of minds
with my Indian counterpart on series of aspects including to
maintain the momentum of high level exchanges between the two
countries advance the practical cooperation on all field and
intensifying cultural exchanges between the two sides," Yang
said answering a question.

On a question over apprehensions among China`s neighbours
about its rise, Yang said China would seek to resolve its
differences in a peaceful way.

He stressed that China`s relationship with its
neighbouring countries should be viewed in "a broader context"
and he believes now the general trend is a "positive" one.

He noted China pursues a policy of building good
neighbourly relationships and partnerships and is committed to
deepening the mutually beneficial cooperation with other Asian

"And now the relations between China and other Asian
countries are in good shape and we have a lot of positive
factors," Yang said, referring to frequent high-level visits,
more closely inter-wound interests and mutual coordination,
and dynamic cultural, people-to-people exchanges between China
and Asian countries.

China and other Asian countries have helped each other and
worked closely together in handling major regional and
international issues, pushing forward regional cooperation and
tackling the international financial crisis and major natural

Yang said that during his recent visits to some Asian
countries, he felt that they wanted to see the sustained
positive momentum of the Chinese economy and hope that China
will continue its development that brings abundant results in
terms of business cooperation.

Currently, China has become the largest trading partner
for the majority of its neighbours, as trade between China and
other Asian countries topped USD 1 trillion last year.

Meanwhile, China`s investment in the Asian region
approached USD 20 billion last year, with unprecedented
cooperation between China and other Asian countries in fields
of science and technology, finance, energy, and

On the South China Sea dispute he said: "We believe that
progress has already been made in handling these differences
between relevant Asian countries.

"And the two sides have reached important consensus on
seeking peaceful settlement and pushing forward mutual


First Published: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 15:15

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