New Delhi: India and China today held a meeting between their Special Representatives on the contentious boundary issue that was preceded by talks under the working mechanism on border affairs in which additional confidence building measures and steps for maintaining peace and tranquility were discussed.
“The talks, which were held in a candid, constructive and forward looking atmosphere, reviewed recent developments in the India-China border areas especially in the Western Sector,” the Ministry of External Affairs said after the fifth meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on Border Affairs.
It said implementation of the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA), additional confidence building measures and further steps for maintaining peace and tranquility figured in the meeting.
Indian delegation at the meeting of 17th round of Special Representatives was led by National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon while the Chinese side was headed by State Councilor Yang Jiechi from China. The Special Representatives' talks will continue tomorrow as well.
Today's Special Representatives meeting was the first meeting since the two countries inked the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's trip to Beijing last year.