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India, China talks end on friendly note

Staff Reporter

KOTTAYAM: The seventh round of India-China border talks concluded on "a constructive and friendly" note here on Monday.

A joint statement said Special Representatives M.K. Narayanan and Dai Bingguo continued their discussions, on an agreed framework for the resolution of the border issue, in a constructive and friendly manner. The dates for the next round, in China, were not announced.

The delegations were scheduled to have two rounds of talks at Kumarkom on Sunday and Monday. However, they held four rounds.

The teams left the backwater resort by road for Kochi. From there the Chinese team is expected to leave for Singapore on Tuesday.

UNI reports:

Both Mr. Narayanan and Mr Dai refused to take questions from mediapersons.

"There is a statement," Mr. Narayanan said when he was asked about the progress of the talks and the next date for negotiations.

According to official sources, after the conclusion of the three-hour delegation-level talks on Sunday evening, the two representatives, assisted by their Ambassadors, had an exclusive hour-long meeting before dinner. On Sunday, Mr. Narayanan said the two sides were negotiating a "package proposal on all sectors of the border."

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