India and China Hold 20th Round of Border Talks in Delhi

Doklam episode and other concerns pertaining to unresolved issues of boundaries are expected to be discussed.

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<p>National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and China’s State Councillor Yang Jiechi</p>

India and China held special representative level talks on key aspects related to border issues on Friday in Delhi.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and China's State Councillor Yang Jiechi met along with senior officials for the 20th round of the India-China border talks.


(Photo: ANI)

During the day-long talks, the Doklam episode and other concerns pertaining to unresolved issues of boundary between India and China are expected to be discussed.

The Doklam standoff began on 16 June over People's Liberation Army's plans to build a road in an area claimed by Bhutan after the Indian troops intervened to stop it as it posed a security risk to the Chicken’s Neck, the narrow corridor connecting India with its Northeastern states.

The standoff ended on 28 August following mutual agreement between India and China.


(Photo: ANI)

A formal announcement was made by the Ministry of External Affairs for the formal talks on Thursday and were finalised during Sushma Swaraj's meeting with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on 11 December. The meeting was the 15th meeting of the foreign ministers of Russia, India and China (RIC). Sushma Swaraj and Wang Yi had indicated that both sides need to continue normal dialogue.

The ministry has not yet confirmed the agenda of the Doval-Yang dialogue but there have been previous discussions on issues like China's One Belt One Road initiative, China's opposition to India's membership to the NSG group and India's opposition on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

However, according to The Hindu, talks may also feature the problem of pollution of the Siang River that has contaminated the flow of the Brahmaputra River.

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