Friday, September 19, 2008

China, India conclude border talks without agreement

China and India concluded two days of border talks on Friday without reaching any specific agreements.

"Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo and Indian National Security Advisor M. K. Narayanan headed their delegations for the talks, which were pragmatic, candid and friendly," according to a statement released by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

This was the 12th round of bilateral talks since China and India appointed special representatives in 2003 to expedite a resolution of the decades-long border issue.

The statement said Dai and Narayanan exchanged in-depth views on a framework to solve the issue.

They agreed that both countries would carry out the guidelines of their leaders, maintain negotiations and seek a fair and reasonable solution acceptable to both sides.

The brief statement did not indicate whether any progress had been made during the latest talks.

The next round of discussions will take place in India, according to the statement.

Source: Xinhua

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