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“China ready to break new ground in India border talks”
June 28, 2013, 6:50 am

Jiechi admitted "The two Special Representatives have a lofty mission and heavy responsibilities".(Xinhua Images)

Jiechi admitted “The two Special Representatives have a lofty mission and heavy responsibilities” [Xinhua Images]

China is ready to “break new ground” with India on the historical border talks, asserted China’s Special Representative Yang Jiechi on Friday in Beijing.

“I stand ready to work with you to build on the work of our predecessors and break new ground, to strive for the settlement of the China-India boundary question and to make greater progress in the China-India strategic and cooperative partnership in the new period,” he added.

Jiechi met his Indian counterpart Shivshankar Menon in Beijing for the 16th round of talks.

China said the visit in May by new Premier Li Keqiang to New Delhi had “injected fresh and strong momentum” into the relationship.

Indian media have reported that a standoff took place in April between Chinese and Indian troops along the western part of the two countries borderline.

The new Chinese State Councillor admitted on Friday that, “The two Special Representatives have a lofty mission and heavy responsibilities”.

After the meet, the Indian national security advisor said talks between the two sides have “achieved a momentum and are moving in the right direction”.

“It is our conviction that we are at a moment of strategic opportunity for this relationship,” Menon said.

The Indian Defence Minister A K Antony is likely to visit Beijing on July 4 to carry forward the talks.

China is India’s second largest trading partner and the nations have set a trade target of $100 billion by 2015.

Manmohan Singh, India’s prime minister noted earlier in May that in 2012, China, India together accounted for 45 per cent of world growth in purchasing power parity.

With inputs from Agencies

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