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India-China border talks today,NSA to meet Premier Li Keqiang

Talks to be held amid recent assertions by both sides to seek an early solution to the dispute.

Special Representatives of India and China will hold the 16th round of boundary talks here on Friday,the first such meeting under the new Chinese leadership,to make another bid to move forward on the resolution of the dispute.

NSA Shivshankar Menon,who is the designated Special Representative and his newly appointed counterpart Yang Jiechi,will hold talks amid recent assertions by both sides to seek an early solution.

Besides this,Menon will be meeting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during his two-day visit,Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told the media. “We recognise the boundary question as an issue between the two countries. We are looking forward to finding a solution that is mutually acceptable,” Hua said,on whether the two sides would like to speed up the process to find a solution.

“But the boundary question is an issue left over from history (and) it cannot be solved overnight,but you should see that two sides have made long lasting efforts to solve the issue and a lot of achievements have already been made,” she said.

She said both sides “reached preliminary consensus on the framework of the resolution. We would like to work together with Indian side based on consensus that has been reached to find an equitable and mutually acceptable solution pending final settlement of boundary question”.

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“We should work together to maintain peace and tranquillity of border areas and ensure boundary issue does not affect relations between China and India,” she said.