The 19th Round of talks between India and China on the Boundary Issue was held in Beijing on 20 April 2016. The Special Representatives of India and China on the Boundary Question was represented by National Security Adviser of India, Ajit Doval and State Councillor of China, Mr. Yang Jiechi.
They discussed the way forward to resolve the dispute was bedeviled the relations between the two Nations.
Main highlights of the 19th Round of Boundary Talks
• They agreed to abide for peaceful negotiations to settle the problematic border issue and reach a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution.
• Both the leaders had an extensive, deep and candid discussion on the 3488 km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC). It remains undemarcated resulting in tensions between the two sides.
• Besides the border issue, Doval and Yang, also discussed all contentious bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual concern.
• Both sides shared the view that China-India relations have broad prospects and Beijing and New Delhi have far more common interests than differences.
Agreements signed between India and China to resolve the Boundary Issue
1993: On 7 September 1993 Agreement on the Maintenance of Peace and Tranquillity along the Line of Actual Control in the India-China Border Areas was signed.
1996: On 29 November 1996, Agreement on Confidence Building Measures in the Military Field along the Line of Actual Control in the India-China Border Areas was signed.
2003: On 23 June 2003, Declaration on Principles for Relations and Comprehensive Cooperation between India and China was signed. The Declaration laid down the basis for Special Representative talks on Boundary Issue.
2013: On 23 October 2013, Border Defence Cooperation Agreement was signed.
Bilateral ties entered a new era of comprehensive and rapid development since Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a visit to India in 2014 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled to China in 2015.
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