Beijing: Ahead of the 17th round of Sino- India talks on the contentious boundary issue, China today said it is ready to achieve an early and mutually acceptable deal to make border areas a “bridge and bond” between them.
“An early settlement serves the interests of both China and India. It is a strategic objective set by the two governments,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a media briefing here.
India and China will hold their 17th round of Special Representative talks on the boundary issue in New Delhi on February 10-11, the first meeting since the countries inked the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) last year.
The talks will be led by National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon and Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi.
“China is ready to work with the Indian government to advance the process of negotiations so as to achieve a fair and reasonable framework acceptable to both sides in order to make the border areas into a bridge and bond between the two peoples to facilitate their exchanges and communication,” Hong said.