China has showed optimism about ties with India ahead of this Special Representative talks on boundary, saying the relations maintained “sound momentum” as the two countries “properly managed” differences through dialogue and consultations.
The 21st round of India-China border talks between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will be held at Dujiangyan near southwest China’s Chengdu city between November 23-24. The Afghan situation will also figure in talks.
Announcing the talks, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said,”under the strategic guidance of the two leaders, China-India relations have maintained sound momentum of growth”.
“With ever-deepening cooperation in all areas, the two sides have maintained close communication and coordination in all border related affairs.
“We have properly managed the differences through dialogue and consultation. The border areas on the whole maintained stability,” he said, answering a question on how China viewed the progress made during the 20th rounds of talks.
Both Doval and Wang are designated Special Representatives for the border talks.
This will be the first round of talks for Wang who earlier this year succeeded State Councillor Yang Jiechi.
Special Representatives’ talks are regarded as highly significant by both the countries as they cover all aspects of bilateral relations particularly in the strategic sphere.
This round of talks may focus more on reviewing the progress of dialogue being held on trade and maintenance of peace at borders.
“The two special representatives will have in-depth exchange of view on border related issues. They will follow the guidance of the consensus reached by the two leaders bearing in mind the general picture of the bilateral ties and benefits of the two peoples on the basis of the outcomes that have been achieved to actively promote the negations.At the same time, we properly manage differences, peace and tranquillity at the border areas. The two sides will also exchange views on major issue of bilateral ties and the regional and international issue of mutual interest,” Geng said.