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India, China explore possibility of strengthening cooperation in border areas

India and China exchanged views on ways to improve border management during the meeting of 11th round of the ‘Working Mechanism on Consultation and Coordination for India-China Border Affairs’.

Mar 23, 2018 16:22 IST
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India and China exchanged views on ways to improve border management during the meeting of 11th round of the ‘Working Mechanism on Consultation and Coordination for India-China Border Affairs’ (WMCC) in New Delhi on March 22, 2018.

The Indian delegation was led by Joint Secretary (East Asia) in Ministry of External Affairs, Pranay Verma while the Chinese delegation was led by Director General of Department of Boundary and Oceanic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Yi Xianliang.

Key Highlights

• India underlined that maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas is an important pre-requisite for further development of bilateral relations between the two countries.

• The two nations also discussed various confidence building measures aimed at further enhancing the level of mutual trust and understanding between their border personnel.

• Both sides also agreed to explore the possibility of strengthening cooperation through exchange of visits and institutionalised dialogue mechanisms in order to promote better understanding and cooperation between the two defence forces.

• The two sides further, agreed to hold the next meeting of the WMCC at a mutually convenient time.

 

Background

The Working Mechanism on Consultation and Coordination was established in 2012 as an institutional mechanism for consultation and coordination for the maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas.

It also aims at exchanging views on strengthening communication and cooperation, including between their border security personnel.

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