China and India met to talk about their border dispute on Friday, exploring various measures to prevent possible confrontation.
Confidence building measures discussed included effective coordination between border security personnel of both sides and maintaining political-level contacts for stability, according to India’s Economic Times.
The talks, described as “threadbare” in the news report, were held in Delhi at the 20th round of Special Representative talks on the boundary dispute. It was the first round of the talks since a standoff at Doklam that came to a head over the summer.
After troop buildups on both sides of the disputed border amid accusations of territory incursions, the two sides finally diffused the situation in late August ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China for a BRICS summit.
The Special Representatives agreed Friday that an early settlement to the boundary dispute serves the interests of both countries. The Economic Times suggested that Ajit Doval, leading the talks on the Indian side, also raised India’s concern regarding the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor as part of the Belt and Road Initiative, as well as criticism of the non-transparent method of implementing BRI.
After Doval and Yang Jiechi, who led the Chinese side, briefed Prime Minister on the talks, Modi “fondly”recalled his visit to China for the BRICS summit in September. Strong India-China ties, Modi stressed, is important not only for the two countries, but for the region and the world.