National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon will lead the Indian delegation to the talks, while the Chinese delegation will be led by State Councilor Yang Jiechi.

In addition to deliberations on the India–China boundary question, the two sides will also discuss bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest.

India and China had at the end of the two-day 16th round of border talks between the Special Representatives of the two countries held in Beijing on June 28-29 last year decided to seek a fair and rational solution to their border dispute as they focused on the proposed Border Defence Cooperation Agreement to avert incursions like the one witnessed in Leh region last month.

As directed by the Prime Ministers of India and China, the Special Representatives also discussed the maintenance of peace and tranquility in the India- China border areas including possible additional confidence building measures, ways and means of strengthening existing mechanisms for consultation and coordination on border affairs and methodology to enhance the efficiency of communications between the two sides.

The Special Representatives also discussed regional and global issues of mutual interest.


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