"We are looking forward to the visit," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told media here, commenting on Modi's three-day visit starting on Thursday from the historic
city of Xi'an where he would hold informal talks with Xi on a host of issues, including the progress made on the boundary dispute resolution.

"The boundary question is an issue of common concern and will be covered in the discussions. Both sides are willing to resolve the boundary dispute at an early date and we have made great efforts to that end," Hua added.

She added, "The early resolution of the boundary questions meets the aspiration of people from both sides and we all know that boundary question is a leftover from history and it can not be resolved overnight."

"But both sides are willing to stay in communication with each other on this question through the Special Representatives mechanism and through the other border issue related mechanisms and progress has been made in this regard," spokesperson cited.

Hua said China is willing to stay in communication with India to strive for "mutually acceptable, just and reasonable settlement" to the boundary question.

China says the border dispute is confined only to 2,000 kms mostly in Arunachal Pradesh, but India asserts that the dispute covered the western side of the border spanning to about 4,000 kms, especially the Aksai Chin area annexed by China in 1962 war.

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