India and China have agreed to take necessary steps to maintain peace and tranquility on the borders. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Monday held talks with special representative of China Yang Jiechi on Boundary Question, in New Delhi.
The Special Representatives expressed satisfaction at the growing interaction between the border forces of the two countries and agreed to further expand such contacts. The two sides agreed to build on the momentum provided by Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India last year.
Both countries have decided to further expand bilateral relations in areas such as railways, smart cities, vocational education, skill development, clean and renewable energy and manufacturing sector. They also agreed to enhance consultations on counter-terrorism, maritime security, climate change, United Nations reforms and civil nuclear energy cooperation.
This was the first round of Special Representatives’ talks after the Narendra Modi government came to power. Yang Jiechi called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi this morning and conveyed greetings of President Xi and Premier Li Keqiang. Mr Yang Jiechi has since left for his country.
The dispute between the neigbours is focused on two fronts. These are the Aksai Chin region, which India claims as part of Jammu and Kashmir, and parts of Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as parts of southern Tibet. The two countries have fought a war, in 1962, over the territorial claims.