India, China hopes to settle border dispute

Both India and China officials have expressed hope that they can amicably resolve vexed border dispute. They held the 19th round of talks to resolve the issed, yesterday, amid a growing discord between the two nations over Beijing blocking India’s bid to get JeM chief Masood Azhar banned by the UN.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval held the annual talks with Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi to discuss the road ahead to resolve the dispute which has bedevilled bilateral ties. Besides the border issue, Doval and Yang, the designated Special Representatives, also have a larger mandate to discuss all contentious bilateral, regional and international issues.

Considering their mandate, the second attempt by Beijing in a year to block India’s bids to get the Pakistan’ terror group’s leaders banned is expected to figure in the talks. Doval is also expected to call on Chinese Premier Li.

On the border dispute, officials on both sides say the protracted boundary talks made progress, while both sides made attempts to avert tensions along the 3,488-kilometre-long Line of Actual Control (LAC), which remains undefined.

While China says the border dispute is confined to 2,000 kilometres, mainly Arunachal Pradesh in eastern sector which it claims as part of southern Tibet, India asserts the dispute covered the whole of the LAC including the Aksai Chin occupied by China during the 1962 war.

Officials say the two sides are currently in the second stage which focuses on working out a framework of settlement to be followed by final step drawing the boundary line based on framework agreement.

On the 19th-round of border talks, Hua said “we have been working to resolve territorial disputes through negotiations and consultation. China completely settled territorial disputes with 12 of the 14 land neighbours.” Only the border dispute with India and Bhutan needed to be resolved. “Both history and practice have proven that it is possible to resolve territorial disputes through negotiation and consolation,” she said.

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