India and China on Monday held their 18th round of talks on the boundary issue here as Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi met National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, who was appointed the special representative for the talks.

Doval and Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar, a former Indian envoy to China, were among the Indian officials who held talks with the Chinese delegation at Hyderabad House here to resolve the dispute regarding the around 4,000-km boundary.

The two sides exchanged views on the boundary issue and reviewed the progress made so far. It was the first such meeting after the National Democratic Alliance came to power last May with Narendra Modi as the prime minister.

Doval was appointed special representative for the boundary talks in November.

The border talks took place almost five months after the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to India. The visit was overshadowed by transgression of Chinese troops in Chumar area of Ladakh region and was later resolved.

The government informed parliament last month that there have been no "incursions" by China into Indian territory but transgression due to different border perceptions.

It said there was no commonly delineated LAC (Line of Actual Control) between India and China and there were areas along the border where India and China have differing perception of LAC.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted earlier on Monday about the border talks between the two sides.

"India-China delegations led by Nat Security Adviser Doval and State Councillor Yang Jiechi talk on Boundary Question," he said.

Yang, who arrived here on Sunday night, is to meet Modi on Tuesday before he leaves.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, during her visit to Beijing in February, said the Modi government "is committed to exploring an early settlement".

Yang's visit also comes ahead of Modi's visit to China, planned for May.

Yang has held the previous round of talks on the long running boundary question with then NSA Shivshankar Menon.

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