|The 21st Meeting of the Special Representatives of China and India on the Boundary Question Achieves Important Consensus|
On November 24, 2018, the 21st Meeting of the Special Representatives of China and India on the Boundary Question was held in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. Special Representative of the Chinese side, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi exchanged in-depth views with Special Representative of the Indian side and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on boundary question, bilateral relations and international and regional issues of common concern, achieving important consensus. With a positive tone, the meeting is full of constructiveness and forward-looking significance.
First, both sides reviewed the important achievements of the negotiations since the establishment of the special representatives meeting mechanism, and believed that these achievements have laid an important foundation for the two sides to continuously push forward negotiation progress.
Second, both sides expressed that they will continuously promote the process of special representatives negotiations under the political guidance of both leaders and proceeding from the general situation of bilateral relations and the well-being of the two peoples, as well as in line with the important consensus reached by President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on properly resolving boundary question and developing China-India relations, so as to reach fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solutions to the boundary question at an early date. Both sides will jointly safeguard peace and tranquility in the border areas of the two countries before a final settlement of the boundary question.
Third, both sides conducted in-depth communication on further enhancing the building of trust measures in the border areas, properly controlling disputes and settling framework of the boundary question. The two sides reached important consensus, and put forward a series of positive and constructive proposals of each side.
Fourth, both sides agreed to practically implement the important consensus of the leaders of the two countries to all levels of the two sides, including front-line troops, and further improve the construction of trust measures in border areas, and continue to strengthen communication and coordination of the two countries' departments involved in boundary question.
Fifth, both sides agreed to gradually expand border trade and people-to-people exchanges, and elevate the public opinion foundation of border areas' friendly cooperation, so as to create a sound atmosphere for boundary negotiations and the development of bilateral relations.
Sixth, both sides agreed to authorize the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on China-India Border Affairs to take the above consensus and proposals as the foundation to launch consultations on early harvest, in a bid to achieve concrete results as soon as possible.
On bilateral relations, both sides agreed that since the informal meeting of the two leaders in Wuhan, China-India relations have made comprehensive and positive progress and entered a new stage of development. Under the current international situation, the strategic significance of China-India relations is even more prominent. Both sides will, in accordance with the important consensus reached by the two leaders, continuously enhance strategic communication, increase political mutual trust, and expand exchanges and cooperation in various fields, so as to promote the closer development partnership between China and India to a new stage.