India, China sign mechanism for border peace

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Liu Weimin said India and China have reached a consensus on the guidelines of settling the boundary issue.

Last Updated: Jan 17, 2012, 18:57 PM IST

Beijing: China is keen to resolve in a
"peaceful manner" its long-standing boundary dispute with
India and wants to ensure that 2012 is a year of cooperation
and development between the two sides.

As Special Representatives of the two countries --
Shivshankar Menon and Dai Bingguo -- held the 15th round of
border talks in New Delhi for a second day on Tuesday, the Chinese
Foreign Ministry said it is committed to resolve the issue
through friendly consultations to "find a mutually acceptable,
fair and reasonable solution in a peaceful manner".

"As for China-India boundary issue, since 2003 through the
mechanism of the meeting of the special representatives the
two sides have had candid and practical dialogue," Chinese
Foreign Ministry spokesman, Liu Weimin told a media briefing
here declining to go into details of the talks in New Delhi
while stating that the meeting is still going on.

He said the two countries have reached a consensus on the
guidelines of settling the boundary issue which is an
important foundation for the settlement of the boundary issue.

"Our position on the issue is consistent and clear. We
believe that through friendly consultations we will find a
mutually acceptable, fair and reasonable solution in a
peaceful manner," he said.

"We believe the peaceful development of China and India is
an opportunity for both sides and the whole world. With the
joint efforts of the two sides, 2012 will be a year of greater
and better exchanges and cooperation between China and India.

The year 2012 will become a year of cooperation and
development," he said.

PTI