India, China to hold 15th round of border talks in Nov
Daily Bhaskar – 10/11/2011
New Delhi: India and China will hold the 15th round of border talks in New Delhi later this month to find a solution to their long-pending boundary dispute.
The talks would be held at the level of Special Representatives who are tasked with finding a political solution to the boundary problem.
China’s State Councillor Dai Bingguo, who is Beijing’s special representative, will come to Delhi for talks with Indian National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon.
The exact dates for the talks are yet to be announced.
Sources said the dialogue at the level of Special Representatives was a three-stage process which started in 2005 and drawing the framework for dialogue constituted the second stage.
In the third stage, both the sides will try to implement the framework for which they would like to arrive at an agreement. In a sense this is the tough part, the sources said.
PLA delegation concludes visit to India
Ahead of resumption of the annual defence dialogue between the two countries, a Chinese Army delegation on Thursday concluded its seven-day visit to the country, with the Indian Army saying it has put defence exchanges between the two countries back on track.
The eight-member People’s Liberation Army delegation led by Lt Gen Lang Youliang from Tibet Military Command of Chengdu Military Region visited various Army establishments and interacted with their India counterparts during the stay, Army sources said.
“The visit by PLA delegation has put the defence exchanges between the two countries back on track. Both sides expressed the desire to further promote bilateral defence exchanges and observed that peace and tranquillity continues to be maintained between the border troops,” an officer said.
The visit of the Chinese Army delegation comes after India sent its military team under the leadership of a Major General in June this year.
The PLA delegation visited New Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. The Indian army delegation had also visited Beijing, Shanghai and Urumqi, they said.
After a pause because of the visa row, India has decided to resume the annual defence dialogue with China in January next year to discuss several key issues including resumption of hand-in-hand bilateral army exercise between the two nations.
The last round of Indo-China dialogues had taken place in Beijing in January 2010. Various issues such as the situation along the Indo-China border and resumption of hand-in-hand exercise between the armies of the two sides will be discussed during the meeting, they said.
New Delhi had suspended military exchanges with China in August 2010 after it refused to grant permission to a senior Indian Army Commander to proceed on an official trip to Beijing.
As immediate fallout of the event, India refused to hold the third round of hand-in-hand exercise with China and had put all other military exchanges on hold.
The first two editions of the army to army exercise had taken place in Kunming in China in 2007 and in Belgaum in 2008. Putting an end to the strained military relations, India had sent its first military delegation to Beijing in June this year.