India and China ended two days of hectic high-level diplomacy in Beijing with ‘steady progress’ and ‘commitment’ to seek a fair deal on the border dispute.
On Tuesday, national security adviser Shivshankar Menon, the special representative on border talks, said the 14th round of negotiations made ‘steady progress’ on a ‘framework’ for a final package toward settling the Himalayan border dispute. Details of the border talks were not divulged but both sides released positive indicators.
“China is committed to settling the border dispute through friendly consultations and ready to work with India to safeguard peace and stability in border areas,’’ said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei.
A Xinhua report said the border talks ended with ‘a joint pledge to seek a fair and reasonable solution acceptable to both sides’. The official statement said both sides agreed to consider ‘overall India-China relations’ and ‘people’s fundamental interests’ while negotiating solutions.
The two sides discussed unresolved disagreements including Chinese stapled visas, India’s suspension of high-level defense exchanges and the Chinese footprint in infrastructure projects in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.