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Wang Yi and Ajit Doval Hold the 21st Meeting of the Special Representatives of China and India on the Boundary Question
2018-11-24

On November 24, 2018, Special Representative of the Chinese side, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held the 21st Meeting of the Special Representatives of China and India on the Boundary Question with Special Representative of the Indian side and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval in Chengdu, Sichuan Province.

Wang Yi expressed that both China and India are great countries with ancient civilizations and also the two largest developing countries and the most vigorous emerging economies in today's world. We share extensive common interests and broad space for cooperation. The cooperation between China and India will speed up the development process of the two countries, and make new important contributions to the world peace and the human progress.

Wang Yi said that President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have met for three times since the beginning of this year, among which the meeting in Wuhan was of milestone significance in particular. Their meetings have provided strategic guidance for the development of China-India relations. Bilateral relations are showing the momentum of all-round improvement and development. It is necessary for the Special Representatives' meeting mechanism to keep pace with this positive trend, take on a new look, embody new accomplishments, and create more favorable conditions and environment for bilateral relations by advancing the boundary negotiations in a constructive manner.

Ajit Doval noted that under the guidance of the vision and determination of the leaders of India and China, India-China relations have achieved a new transition as well as positive and sound development. I totally agree on State Councilor Wang Yi's exposition on the importance of bilateral relations just now, and stand ready to, through the Special Representatives' meeting mechanism, implement the important consensus of the meeting in Wuhan between the leaders of the two countries, strengthen strategic communication and increase political mutual trust, in a bid to seek a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable settlement of the boundary question, thus sending a positive message to the outside that India and China, the two countries with ancient civilizations, have the wisdom and capacity to peacefully resolve the question through dialogue and consultation.

Ajit Doval also sent condolences to the Chinese Consulate-General in Karachi for the attack it suffered and strongly condemned this act of terrorism. Wang Yi emphasized that this attack against diplomatic agencies was extremely bad in nature, which would never be tolerated. Terrorism is a common threat facing all countries in the world, and the international community should join hands to advance counter-terrorism cooperation.

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