India, China conclude 11th round of border talks

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New Delhi, Sep 26 (UNI) India and China today concluded the 11th round of talks on the border dispute in Beijing without reaching any agreement but described the discussions as ''useful and positive.'' Special Representatives of the two countries on the issue--National Security Advisor (NSA) M.K. Narayanan and Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Dai Bingguo--met in Beijing for two days and decided to meet in the Chinese capital again for the next round of the talks.

An External Affairs Ministry spokesman here today said the two ''held useful and positive discussions on the framework for the settlement of the India-China boundary question. The two sides agreed that the next round of talks would be held in Beijing.'' Specific dates for the next round would be decided through diplomatic channels.

Mr Narayanan also called on Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday.

The 10th round of the talks was held in Delhi in April.

The two countries established the current mechanism of meeting between their respective Special Representatives in 2003 to resolve the decades-old border dispute.

They re-opened the historic Nathu La pass in Sikkim after a gap of 44 years to promote trade between the two countries.

UNI

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