Xinhua News Agency, Chengdu, November 24 (Reporter Wang Di)
The 21st meeting of the Special Representatives of China and India on boundary issues was held in Chengdu, Sichuan on the 24th. Chinese Special Representative, State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi exchanged views with the Indian Special Representative and National Security Adviser, Doval on the boundary question, bilateral relations and international and regional issues of common concern, and reached important agreement. The tone of the meeting was positive, constructive and forward-looking.
I. The two sides reviewed the important achievements of the negotiations since the establishment of the Special Representatives Meeting mechanism and believed that these results laid an important foundation for the two sides to continuously advance the negotiation process.
2. The two sides stated that they will follow the important consensus reached by President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Modi on properly resolving the boundary question and developing China-India relations. Under the political guidance of the leaders of the two countries, they will proceed from the overall situation of the two countries and welfare of the two peoples to advance the negotiation process at the Special Meeting and strive to reach a solution to the boundary question that is equitable, reasonable and acceptable to both sides. Pending a final settlement of the boundary question, they will jointly safeguard peace and tranquility in the border areas of the two countries.
3. The two sides conducted in-depth communication on further stepping up measures for building trust in the border areas, proper controlling disputes and settling the framework of the boundary question, and reached important agreement with each proposing a series of positive and constructive suggestions.
4. The two sides agreed to implement the important consensus of the leaders of the two countries at all levels, including in forces at the front line, to further improve measures to build trust in the border areas and to continue to strengthen communication and coordination between the border agencies of the two countries.
5. The two sides agreed to gradually expand border trade and personnel exchanges, and strengthen the foundation of public opinion regarding friendly cooperation between the two countries in the border areas so as to create a good atmosphere for boundary negotiations and the development of bilateral relations.
6. The two sides agreed to authorize the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on China-India Border Affairs initiate consultations on early harvest (possibilities) on the basis of the above mentioned consensus and recommendations in order to achieve concrete results as soon as possible.
Regarding bilateral relations, the two sides agreed that since the meeting between the leaders of the two countries 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 has become more salient. The two sides will continue to strengthen strategic communication, enhance political mutual trust, expand exchanges and cooperation in various fields and push the China-India Closer Development Partnership to a new stage in accordance with the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries.