NEW DELHI, April 22 � The Centre has clarified that India and China are not working on a new border patrolling network.
The two Special Representatives, who met on March 22-24 here, reviewed the situation prevailing in the India-China border areas and focused on the need to adhere to the various agreements for maintenance of peace and tranquillity, which is a pre-requisite for continued growth of bilateral relations, said Minister of State for External Affairs General (retd) VK Singh in a Lok Sabha reply.
The two Special Representatives affirmed the consensus to seek a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution to the boundary question through consultations on an equal footing, proceeding from the political perspective of overall bilateral relations, the minister said.
India and China have agreed to appoint a Special Representative each to explore the framework for a boundary settlement from the political perspective of the overall bilateral relationship.
The 18th round of Special Representative talks on the India-China boundary question was attended by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and State Councillor Yang Jiechi. They held useful and positive discussions on the framework for settlement of the boundary issue on the basis of the Agreement on the Political Parameters and Guiding Principles, Gen Singh said.
The Special Representatives are engaged in discussions to seek a boundary settlement from the political perspective of the overall bilateral relationship, the minister clarified.