New Delhi: India and China on Thursday held their 11th round of talks on border affairs during the course of which they explored various confidence-building measures.
According to MEA sources, the discussions were held in a friendly and cordial atmosphere. Both sides exchanged views on ways to improve border management.
At the meeting, India underlined that maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas is an important pre-requisite for the further development of bilateral relations between the two countries, the sources said.
Various confidence-building measures aimed at further enhancing the level of mutual trust and understanding between border personnel were discussed.
The 11th round of the Working Mechanism on Consultation and Coordination (WMCC) for India-China border affairs was led by Pranay Verma, Joint Secretary (East Asia) in the External Affairs Ministry, from the Indian side and Yi Xianliang, Director General, Department of Boundary and Oceanic Affairs from the Chinese side.
China and India share a 3,448-km disputed border over which the countries fought a war in 1962. The armies of both sides continue to cross into each other’s territories due to the different perceptions of the boundary.
WMCC 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.
The two sides agreed to hold the next meeting of the WMCC at a mutually convenient time, the sources said.