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Border issue figures in Sino-Indian talks

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, June 8 � The entire gamut of bilateral ties including the contentious boundary issue, was discussed during a �cordial and substantive� engagement between the foreign ministers of India and China here who met within two weeks of installation of the Narendra Modi government, reports PTI.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met for three hours today to talk about �perennial� bilateral issues, which were not specified by an Indian spokesperson, but are believed to have included the boundary dispute, incursions, issuance of stapled visas by China to certain categories of Indians, construction of dams on the Brahmaputra river and increased Chinese investments.

Dispatched here by Chinese President Xi Jinping as his Special Envoy to meet with India�s new leadership, Wang was effusive in his praise for the new government, saying it had injected new vitality into an ancient civilization. �The international community is closely following developments in India and the Chinese and Indian dreams have a lot of commonalities,� the Chinese leader was quoted as saying by the spokesperson.

The talks were described as �cordial, useful, productive and substantive� by the MEA spokesperson, who said, �Even while there was a determination to add new content and substance to the relationship, there was an understanding that respect for the sensitivities and aspirations of each other was an essential for expansion of bilateral relations.�

However, the spokesperson did not specify the issues, saying, �The perennials of India-China engagement are well known to you, so I will not list them in a detailed manner but would like to say that all issues of significance were raised and discussed in a frank manner.�

Wang, who arrived in the wee hours today, will call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow.

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