Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang’s Regular Press Conference on November 26, 2018
Q: According to reports, on November 24, Special Representative of China on the China-India Boundary Question and State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Special Representative of India and Indian National Security Adviser Shri Ajit Doval held the 21st Meeting of the Special Representatives of China and India on the Boundary Question in Chengdu, Sichuan. Could you give us more details on this meeting and its main outcomes?
A: The 21st Meeting of the Special Representatives of China and India on the Boundary Question was held in Chengdu, Sichuan on November 24. This is the first meeting of its kind since President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi met in Wuhan and since State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi took up the post of the Special Representative. State Councilor Wang Yi had a very good talk with Indian National Security Adviser Doval, during which the two sides had an in-depth exchange of views on the boundary issue, bilateral relations and international and regional issues of mutual interest. China and India have issued the readouts respectively, which I believe you may have seen.
In particular, I would like to draw your attention to the fact that the two sides put forward a host of forward-looking and workable proposals and suggestions on advancing boundary talks, upholding peace and stability and promoting cooperation in the border areas during the meeting. It is fair to say that the two sides in general shared similar views and thinking in many areas.
The two sides agreed to entrust the Working Mechanism of Consultation and Coordination on China-India Border Affairs to start the consultation for early harvest, review the relevant suggestions made by the two sides, work in a creative way and conduct systematic study regarding the areas and items on which initial agreements were reached during the Special Representatives’ Meeting, seek out measures and proposals at an early date, form concrete outcomes, and create and build enabling conditions for the final settlement of the boundary question.
Q: There are certain interesting phrases concerning the talks of the Special Representatives on both sides. The Indian press release said that the two sides have decided to “intensify efforts“ for a solution. The Chinese press release also talked about “advancing“ the process. You used today the word “early harvest“ for a particular solution to emerge. Are the two countries expediting efforts to reach a solution to this border dispute?
A: On November 24, the 21st Meeting of the Special Representatives of China and India on the Boundary Question was held in Chengdu. Both China and India have released the readouts on that and I also answered a related question just now.
I want to point out that this meeting is the first one since State Councilor Wang Yi took up the post of the Special Representative. The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere and our two sides had a very good exchange of views and reached many future-oriented and constructive outcomes. As I just said, our two sides will hold further consultations on the early harvest.
Here I want to stress that since the meeting of the two leaders in Wuhan this year, the China-India relations have achieved positive progress in an all-round way, thus entering a new stage of development. Under the current international situation, the strategic significance of our bilateral ties becomes more prominent. Our two sides will act on the important consensus reached by the two leaders to strengthen strategic communication, increase political mutual trust and advance cooperation across the board. Meanwhile, we will jointly move forward the settlement process of the boundary question and uphold peace and tranquility of the border areas.
Press Release of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India for ready reference
21st Meeting of the Special Representatives of India and China (November 24, 2018)
November 24, 2018
- The Special Representatives of India and China on the Boundary Question – Shri Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor of India and H.E. Mr. Wang Yi, State Councillor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of China – met in Chengdu on 24 November 2018 for the 21st round of Special Representatives’ talks. The talks were constructive and forward looking, and focussed on taking forward the India-China Closer Developmental Partnership in pursuance of the guidance provided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping at their Informal Summit at Wuhan in April 2018.
- The Special Representatives undertook a comprehensive review of earlier rounds of talks under the SR mechanism. Recalling the strategic guidance and support to their work provided by the leaders at the Wuhan Summit, the Special Representatives resolved to intensify their efforts to achieve a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution to the India-China boundary question at an early date. They underlined the importance of approaching the boundary question from the strategic perspective of India-China relations and agreed that an early settlement of the boundary question serves the fundamental interests of both countries.
- The Special Representatives agreed that pending the final resolution of the boundary question, it is important to maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas and to ensure that the boundary question does not affect the overall development of the bilateral relationship. In this context, they noted the mature handling of issues relating to the India-China border areas since the Wuhan Summit.
- Acknowledging the importance of predictability in border management, and in that context, underscoring the importance of maintaining strategic communication at all levels, the Special Representatives held discussions on various confidence building measures to promote exchanges and communication between their border personnel. They directed the bilateral Working Mechanism on Consultation & Coordination for Border Affairs to work out further details in this regard.
- The Special Representatives reviewed recent developments in bilateral relations following the Wuhan Summit in April 2018 and subsequent meetings between Prime Minister Modi and President Xi in Qingdao in June 2018 and in Johannesburg in July 2018. The two Special Representatives underlined the importance of sustained and effective implementation of the directions given by their leaders with a view to further strengthening the Closer Developmental Partnership between India and China to mutual benefit and with due respect for each other’s sensitivities, concerns and aspirations. They shared the view that stable and balanced development of India-China relations is a positive factor for peace and prosperity in the region and the whole world.
- The Special Representatives also exchanged views on regional and global issues of common interest and agreed to maintain close consultations on such issues.
November 24, 2018