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The 19th Special Representatives' Meeting on China-India Boundary Question Held

On April 20, 2016, the 19th Special Representatives' Meeting on the China-India Boundary Question was held in Beijing. State Councilor Yang Jiechi, special representative on the Chinese side and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval of India, special representative on the Indian side, exchanged extensive, in-depth and candid views on the boundary question, bilateral relations and relevant international and regional issues.

Both sides agreed that the negotiation on China-India boundary maintains a positive momentum, with boundary disputes effectively controlled and boundary regions generally peaceful and stable. Starting from the big picture of long-term development of bilateral relations, both sides will, with the positive attitude of mutual respect and understanding and on the basis of existing results from negotiations, stay on the track of political settlement, stick to peaceful negotiations to resolve the boundary question, meet each other halfway, and continue to promote the process of framework negotiation, so as to strive for a fair and reasonable solution that both sides accept. In the meantime, the two countries should properly manage and handle disputes, strengthen consultations on boundary affairs, and well safeguard peace and tranquility in boundary regions, so as to create favorable conditions for the development of bilateral relations.

Both sides shared the view that the development of China-India relations is of great significance and has broad prospects. China and India have far more common interests than differences. Marked by President Xi Jinping's visit to India in 2014 and the visit paid by Prime Minister Narenda Modi of India to China in 2015, China-India relations have entered a new era of comprehensive and rapid development. Communication and cooperation in various fields have also achieved important progress. The two sides should well implement the key consensus reached by the two heads of state, conduct close high-level exchanges, and tap cooperation potential, so as to elevate China-India relations to a higher level.

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