India, China begin talks on defusing border tensions

AP, NEW DELHI

Wed, Jul 24, 2013 - Page 6

Officials from India and China yesterday met in New Delhi to discuss ways to resolve a dispute over their shared Himalayan border, a source of longstanding tension between the Asian giants.

Top military and foreign ministry officials from the two sides were examining the workings of a group set up last year to deal with incidents on the border and defuse them before they escalate into major standoffs, said an Indian official speaking on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media.

During the daylong meeting, India was expected to raise its concerns about incursions by Chinese troops into Indian territory across the Line of Actual Control that serves as an informal border.

In April, the two countries were caught in a three-week stand-off when Chinese soldiers moved deep inside Indian boundary. Indian officials have reported several minor incursions since then, including three in the past week.

India and China have held 16 rounds of talks since 2003 to resolve their border dispute, without making much progress.