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India, China Hold First Border Talk After Doklam Standoff

 Beijing,Nov 18(Fast Mail):-India and China held their first meeting in Beijing on 17 November 2017 on the border issue here after the Doklam standoff and reviewed the situation in all the sectors of their border and exchanged views on enhancing CBMs and military contacts.

This was the 10th round of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) meeting held in beijing.

The Indian delegation was led by  Pranay Verma, Joint Secretary (East Asia), Ministry of External Affairs. The Chinese delegation was led by Mr. Xiao Qian, Director General, Department of Asian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The two delegations comprised of diplomatic and military officials from each side.

 The talks were held in a constructive and forward-looking manner. Both sides reviewed the situation in all sectors of India-China border and agreed that maintenance of peace and tranquility in the border areas is an important prerequisite for sustained growth of bilateral relations. In this regard, the two sides also exchanged views on further confidence building measures and strengthening of military-to-military contacts.

WMCC was established in 2012 as an institutional mechanism for consultation and coordination for the maintenance of peace and tranquility in the India-China border areas, as well as to exchange views on strengthening communication and cooperation, including between their border security personnel.

The two sides agreed to hold the next meeting of the WMCC at a mutually convenient time.

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