Indo-China 14th border talks ahead of Wen`s visit

Last Updated: Saturday, November 27, 2010 - 18:13

Beijing: Special Representatives of India
and China will hold the crucial 14th round of border talks
here on Monday to resolve the long-running boundary dispute
between the two countries, ahead of a key visit of Chinese
Premier Wen Jiabao to New Delhi.

National Security Advisor (NSA) Shivshankar Menon,
the designated Special Representative of India who is arriving
here tomorrow on a 3 day visit, would hold talks with his
Chinese counterpart State Councillor Dai Bingguo on November
29 and 30 to find a way forward to resolve the boundary
dispute.

The last round was held in New Delhi in 2009 between
the then NSA, M K Narayanan and Dai which ended without much
progress.

India and China share about 4,000-km long borders.

China has staked claims to Akasai Chin in the Ladakh region
and Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing refers to as southern
Tibet.

Though India-China began discussions to resolve the
border difference since 1980, the process got an impetus after
the two countries agreed to hold talks by designated Special
Representatives.

The two countries also signed agreements in 1993 and
1996 to maintain peace and stability in the border areas.

In 2005, China and India signed a political guiding
principle on demarcation of the boundary.

The border issue came up for discussion during Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh`s meeting with Wen last month on the
sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Hanoi.

On the boundary problem, both Singh and Wen said they
looked forward to early resolution of the issue and asked
their Special Representatives to deal with the subject with a
sense of urgency.

The latest round of Special Representative talks from
Monday assumes significance as it will be the final high-level
discussions between the two countries before next month’s
crucial visit of Premier Wen to New Delhi.

The talks come amid a row between the two countries on
the issues of the stapled visas being issued by China to the
residents of Jammu and Kashmir, presence of Chinese personnel
building various projects in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (POK)
and Beijing`s plan to construct new nuclear power projects in
Pakistan.

The issue of stapled visas has become a major irritant
in bilateral ties as the recent refusal of visa to top Indian
General B S Jaswal on the ground that he headed troops of
Northern Command, which included Jammu and Kashmir, had
provoked India to put on hold defence exchanges with China.

The row over stapled visas had been raised by External
Affairs Minister S M Krishna during his meeting with Chinese
Foreign Minister Yang Jeichi on the sidelines of Russia,
India, China (RIC) Ministers meeting at Wuhan in China on
November 14.

India and China held "open and candid" discussions on
a host of issues, including the row over stapled visas for
Kashmiris, Sino-Pak nuclear ties, Chinese activities in PoK
and existence of terrorist safe havens in Pakistan during the
fourth round of bilateral strategic dialogue between Foreign
Secretary Nirupama Rao and Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang
Zhijun on November 16.

An official Chinese online map launched to rival
Google Earth’s maps had sparked controversy as it showed some
Indian territories as part of China.

Akasai Chin in the Ladakh
region, which India asserts as part of Ladakh in Jammu and
Kashmir, was included in China`s Xinjiang province.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, November 27, 2010 - 18:13

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