New Delhi: Putting behind the acrimony over the presence of the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in New Delhi, the crucial 15th round of border talks between India-China is likely to be held next week here. National Security Advisor (NSA) Shiv Shankar Menon will be meeting the Chinese interlocutor Dai Bingguo in this regard.

The dialogue which was slated for November 28 and 29, was scuttled by the neighbouring China because of a dispute over the Dalai Lama’s visit to New Delhi for a Buddhist conference from November 28 to 30.

According to sources, in the wake of the recent incidents of torture of two Indian businessmen in Shanghai and China’s refusal to give visa to a senior Indian Air Force (IAF) office from Arunachal Pradesh, the dates has not been finalized yet.

In April 2011, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and China President Hu Jintao exchanged their views on border issues during their meet in Sanya City of South China’s Hainan Province. Both the leaders agreed to enhance the mutual trust.

Apart from maintaining the high-level talks with an aim to strengthen the political relations between the two countries, it was decided to include representatives from border states and the paramilitary forces of both countries in the bilateral talks.

The two countries have held 36 rounds of talks to solve the problem. The last round talks were held in November 2010.

(JPN/Bureau)