India, China Border Talks Soon

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Beijing—India and China are expected to hold the next round of talks on border issues as well as on other bilateral topics next month, the first between the two countries after Chinese President Xi Jinping began his second term as the chief of the ruling Communist party.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said here Friday that the 20th round of the India-China Special Representatives border talks as well as the Russia, India and China (RIC) Foreign Ministers meeting will be held in “due course”.

She declined to give a schedule of both the meetings.

Officials, however, say both the border talks and the RIC meeting were expected to be held next month in New Delhi.

The 20th round of border talks will be the first after the recent 73-day long Dokalam standoff between the two countries.

The border talks will be held between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and China’s State Councillor Yang Jiechi, who are the designated Special Representatives.

The two high-ranking officials also has the mandate to hold talks covering all the issues concerning the bilateral relations.

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