Salman Khurshid to visit China

Last Updated: Mon, May 06, 2013 12:33 hrs

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Monday said External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will pay an official visit to the People's Republic of China from May 9 to May 10.

"External Affairs Minister, Shri Salman Khurshid, will pay an official visit to the People's Republic of China on May 9-10, 2013 at the invitation of the Foreign Minister of China, Wang Yi," the MEA said in a statement on Monday.

"The two Ministers will discuss bilateral, regional and global issues of concern to both sides. They will also discuss the proposed visit to India of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang," it said.

Meanwhile, India and China reached a breakthrough on Sunday over their border standoff, as armies of both the sides withdrew from the contentious posts in Ladakh following gruelling negotiations,reports said.

The two countries simultaneously withdrew their troops from the face-off point at Daulat Beg Oldie near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.

Reacting to the development, MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, "Governments of India and China have agreed to restore status quo ante along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Western Sector of the India-China boundary as it existed prior to 15 April,2013."

"Flag meetings have been held to work out the modalities and to confirm the arrangements," he said.

Earlier, there were reports that India and China made some progress in resolving the border standoff at a third flag meeting last week between the armies of two sides following the incursion by the neighbouring nation.

However despite such occasional positive reports, the standoff that was triggered after the Chinese military purportedly set up a camp within Indian territory on Apr 15, continued.

India and China bicker over territorial boundaries, especially over Arunachal Pradesh and parts of Ladakh under Jammu and Kashmir.

In 1962 China and India fought a brief war over Aksai Chin (Ladakh region) and Arunachal Pradesh, but in 1993 and 1996 the two countries signed agreements to respect the Line of Actual Control.

The 4057 km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC) is the effective border between India and People´s Republic of China (PRC).

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