India, China discuss border affairs

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 30, 2012 12:44 hrs

New Delhi, Nov 30 (IBNS) The 2nd meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs was held in New Delhi on Nov 29-30, said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

The Indian delegation was lead by Gautam Bambawale, Joint Secretary (East Asia) and comprised of representatives of the Ministries of External Affairs, Defence and Home Affairs as well as members of the Indian Army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police.

The Chinese delegation was lead by Ambassador Wang Xiaodu, Special Representative, Department of Boundary and Oceanic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and comprised of representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and National Defence of the People's Republic of China.

The Chinese delegation called on Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai.

"The discussions took place in a cordial, constructive and cooperative atmosphere. The two delegations reviewed developments in the India-China border areas since the 1st meeting of the Mechanism and acknowledged with satisfaction that peace and tranquillity continued to be maintained due to the efforts of both sides," said the MEA on Friday.

The two delegations also exchanged ideas on additional measures for maintaining peace and tranquillity as well as further steps to build greater trust and confidence between the two sides.

The two delegations welcomed the recent liberalization of border trade across Nathu La, which has led to a significant increase in the volume of trade.

They continued their discussions on introducing additional routes for the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra.

"The 3rd meeting of the Working Mechanism will be held in China at a mutually convenient time," said the MEA.

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