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 boundary issues, 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 Meeting mechanism and believed that these results laid an important foundation for the two sides to continue to 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 handling boundary issues and developing China-India relations. Under the leadership 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 fair and reasonable and acceptable to both sides. Pending final settlement of the boundary question, we will jointly safeguard peace and tranquility in the border areas between the two countries.
3. The two sides conducted in-depth communication on further strengthening of measures for building trust in the border areas, proper control of disputes and resolution of boundary issues, reached important agreement, and each proposed 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 the front line forces, to further improve measures to build trust in the border areas, and continue to strengthen communication and coordination between the border agencies.
5. The two sides agreed to gradually expand border trade and personnel exchanges, strengthen the foundation of public opinion regarding friendly cooperation between the two countries in the border areas and create a good atmosphere for boundary negotiations and the development of bilateral relations.
6. The two sides agreed to authorize the Sino-Indian border affairs consultation and coordination mechanism on the basis of the above mentioned consensus and recommendations, and initiate early-stage consultations 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. In accordance with the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, 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 close development partnership to a new level.