India, China To Hold Top-Level Border Talks On Friday In Shadow Of Doklam

NEW DELHI, Dec 20 (PTI): India and China will hold the next round of border talks in New Delhi on Friday, the first after the 73-day-long military standoff between the two countries in Doklam in the Sikkim sector this summer.
Issuing a brief statement today, the Ministry of External Affairs said at the invitation of Ajit Doval, the National Security Adviser and the Special Representative on the boundary talks, Yang Jiechi, State Councillor and China’s Special Representative on the issue will visit India on December 22 to hold the 20th special representative-level meeting.
Ahead of the talks, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing that this special representatives meeting is not only a high-level channel for the border issue discussion but also the platform for strategic communication.
“In 2017, China-India relations have maintained a good momentum generally but the Doklam incident posed a major test for the two countries. We should learn lessons from this incident to avoid any further conflict of this kind in the future,” Ms Hua said.
Chinese and Indian troops were locked in the border standoff from June 16 when Indian soldiers stopped Chinese personnel from illegally constructing a road close to India’s ‘chicken’s neck’ corridor – a thin strip that connects states in the northeast to the rest of India.
On August 28, India and China agreed to “disengage” their troops and move back to their earlier positions. Bhutan maintains that the area where the Chinese soldiers were trying to construct a road belongs to them.