Journal : MInistry of Foreign Affairs Press Briefing Date : Author : NA Page No. : NA

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Regular Press Conference on November 21, 2018

Q: Firstly, you just announced the 21st Meeting of the Special Representatives of China and India on the Boundary Question. Where exactly are these talks going to be held? Secondly, this is the 21st round of border talks. Skeptics argue that not much progress has been made in border talks. How does China view the progress made so far between the two countries on this particular issue?

A: I will take your specific question first. This meeting will be held in Chengdu, Sichuan Province.

As for the Meeting of the Special Representatives of China and India on the Boundary Question, since the start of this year, under the strategic guidance of the two state leaders, China-India relations have demonstrated a sound momentum of development. Exchanges and cooperation in various fields have been deepening. The two sides have maintained close communication and coordination on boundary-related affairs and properly controlled disputes through dialogues and consultations. Thus, the border areas of the two countries remain generally stable.

Both China and India attach great importance to this meeting as it is the first one since State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi took up the post of the Special Representative. The two Special Representatives will follow the guidance of the consensus reached by the two state leaders to have an in-depth exchange of views on the boundary question and actively move forward negotiations based on the outcomes already achieved and with the long-term interests of bilateral relations and the wellbeing of the two peoples in mind so as to properly manage boundary disputes and ensure peace and tranquility in the border areas. The two sides will also exchange views on major topics of China-India relations and international and regional issues of mutual interest.

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