Chinese Special Representative, State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi and the Indian Special Representative and National Security Adviser, Doval held the twenty-first meeting of the Special Representatives of China and India on the Boundary Question in Chengdu, Sichuan on November 24, 2018. Special Representative of the Chinese side, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi exchanged in-depth views with Special Representative of the Indian side and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on the boundary question, bilateral relations and international and regional issues of common concern, achieving important agreement. The tone of the meeting was positive, constructive and forward-looking.
Wang Yi expressed (his view) that both China and India are great ancient civilizations and the two largest developing countries in the world with the most dynamic emerging economies. We have broad common interests and a vast canvas of cooperation. Cooperation between China and India will accelerate the process of development in the two countries and make new and important contributions to world peace and human progress.
Wang Yi said that President Xi Jinping held three meetings with Prime Minister Modi this year, of which the Wuhan meeting was a milestone with special significance. It has provided strategic guidance for development of China-India relations. The relationship between the two countries is showing all-round improvement and developing momentum. The Special Representatives’ meeting mechanism must keep up with this positive trend, display new atmospherics, embody new actions and accomplishments and take the boundary talks forward in a constructive spirit so as to create more favorable conditions and environment for bilateral relations.
Doval said that with the lead provided by the vision and determination of the leaders of our two countries, India-China relations will achieve a new turning point and achieve positive and good development. I fully agree with State Councilor Wang Yi’s elaboration of the importance of bilateral relations. And am ready to translate the important consensus of the leaders of our two countries into action, step up strategic communication, enhance political mutual trust and seek a fair and equitable resolution of the boundary question acceptable to both sides. A mutually acceptable solution to the boundary question would send a positive signal to the outside world that the two ancient civilizations of India and China are wise and capable of resolving problems peacefully, through dialogue and consultation.
Doval also expressed his condolences over the attack on the Chinese Consulate in Karachi and strongly condemned this terrorist act. Wang Yi emphasized that the attack was directed against a diplomatic Mission and was (an atrocity) of such a vile nature that it could not be tolerated. Terrorism is a common threat facing all countries in the world, and the international community should work together to further counter-terrorism cooperation.
N.B. The English version of this item, featured only on November 27, 2018 (but dated November 24, 2018) is slightly different (as below), except for the first paragraph and the same three photographs (not reproduced again below for the sake of brevity). It is a faithful translation of the item carried in the People’s Daily on November 25, 2018 (http://niasindiainchina.in/2018-11-25/21st-meeting-of-special-representatives-of-china-and-india-on-the-boundary-question-reaches-important-agreement-2/) :
On November 24, 2018, the 21st Meeting of the Special Representatives of China and India on the Boundary Question was held at Chengdu, Sichuan Province. Special Representative of the Chinese side, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi exchanged in-depth views with Special Representative of the Indian side and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on boundary question, bilateral relations and international and regional issues of common concern, achieving important consensus. With a positive tone, the meeting is full of constructiveness and forward-looking significance.
First, both sides reviewed the important achievements of the negotiations since the establishment of the special representatives meeting mechanism, and believed that these achievements have laid an important foundation for the two sides to continuously push forward negotiation progress.
Second, both sides expressed that they will continuously promote the process of special representatives negotiations under the political guidance of both leaders and proceeding from the general situation of bilateral relations and the well-being of the two peoples, as well as in line with the important consensus reached by President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on properly resolving boundary question and developing China-India relations, so as to reach fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solutions to the boundary question at an early date. Both sides will jointly safeguard peace and tranquility in the border areas of the two countries before a final settlement of the boundary question.
Third, both sides conducted in-depth communication on further enhancing the building of trust measures in the border areas, properly controlling disputes and settling framework of the boundary question. The two sides reached important consensus, and put forward a series of positive and constructive proposals of each side.
Fourth, both sides agreed to practically implement the important consensus of the leaders of the two countries to all levels of the two sides, including front-line troops, and further improve the construction of trust measures in border areas, and continue to strengthen communication and coordination of the two countries’ departments involved in boundary question.
Fifth, both sides agreed to gradually expand border trade and people-to-people exchanges, and elevate the public opinion foundation of border areas’ friendly cooperation, so as to create a sound atmosphere for boundary negotiations and the development of bilateral relations.
Sixth, both sides agreed to authorize the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on China-India Border Affairs to take the above consensus and proposals as the foundation to launch consultations on early harvest, in a bid to achieve concrete results as soon as possible.
On bilateral relations, both sides agreed that since the informal meeting of the two leaders in Wuhan, China-India relations have made comprehensive and positive progress and entered a new stage of development. Under the current international situation, the strategic significance of China-India relations is even more prominent. Both sides will, in accordance with the important consensus reached by the two leaders, continuously enhance strategic communication, increase political mutual trust, and expand exchanges and cooperation in various fields, so as to promote the closer development partnership between China and India to a new stage.