India, China in Border Deal
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India, China in Border Deal

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India and China took a major confidence building step on Tuesday, setting up an institutionalized border mechanism that allows for real time contact between the two countries’ foreign offices in the event of a border intrusion by either side. 

The Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs is the first major bilateral document signed in two decades by the two Asian giants, who fought a war in 1962 and who since then have regularly complained about incursions into each other’s territory by the other.

The move is likely to be welcomed in both Beijing and New Delhi, and underscores the two sides’ determination to overcome tensions and focus on the fast growing trade between the two neighbors. Bilateral trade between the two countries has soared from about $3 billion in 2003 to more than $60 billion in 2010.

The Working Mechanism was signed in duplicate in Hindi, Chinese and English by officials in the presence of Special Representatives Shivshankar Menon and Dai Bingguo in New Delhi and marked the culmination of 15 rounds of Special Representatives-level talks on the boundary dispute. The mechanism will be co-chaired by senior officials of the two countries’ foreign offices and will also include other diplomatic and military officials.

However, the two sides also made clear that while the Working Mechanism will undertake other mutually agreed upon tasks, it won’t discuss resolution of the boundary dispute or affect the Special Representatives Mechanism. Instead, it will tackle developments that may arise in the border areas that have the potential to disturbing the “tranquility” of border areas. The Mechanism will also entail more frequent exchanges between the military establishments of the two sides, and will meet once or twice every year.

“The discussions were wide ranging, productive, forward looking and marked by a commonality of views on many issues,” according to a press release from India’s External Affairs Ministry. “Making a positive appraisal of the current state of bilateral relations, the Special Representatives noted the importance of regular high-level exchanges and strengthened cooperation across different areas between the two countries. [They] agreed that there was scope for greater coordination on regional and global issues. They agreed that the next round of special representative talks will be held in China.”

The border mechanism is seen as taking bilateral engagement a step forward from earlier notable agreements such as the Maintenance of Peace and Tranquility Along the Line of Actual Control in the India-China Border Areas (signed September 7, 1993) and Confidence Building Measures in the Military Field Along the Line of Actual Control in the India-China Border Areas (signed November 29, 1996).

Tied to the discussions, Dai penned a special article for The Hindu published on the morning of his talks with Menon in which he dismissed the popular theory that China is planning an attack on India, instead arguing that the two countries are on the brink of a “golden period” in relations.

“Our Indian friends may have confidence in China's tremendous sentiment of friendship towards India. While working hard to develop itself, China is fully committed to developing long-term friendship and cooperation with India,” Dai wrote. “It is our genuine hope that India will enjoy prosperity and its people, happiness. There does not exist such a thing as China's attempt to ‘attack India’ or ‘suppress India’s development.’” 

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Girish
January 19, 2012 at 12:30

@ari

Well I don;t know about Dai, but people like you :-) must never be in standing committee as then such committee will lost its relevance of talk and cooperation.
When we indulge in talk, we listen to other’s point and explain our own. While we do that, the base line understanding is “Even though we might not be able to conclude the discussion, talk is the only option we have as war is never an option”
If I go with your words, Chinese government shouldn’t support to even have any such committees as talk is not what China would like to have.
With your logic, China should simply go and get what she claims to its own even if war is the option.
Thanks god Dai is there in the committee…as Chinese are very scarey..see I am shaking… hahahaha..!! :-)

Well, Keep a cool head as that is good for your health :-)

Talk and cooperation is the only way to go between India and China to settle all issues.

Even you u don;t like Dai but he must be civilized enough not to indulge in human trafficking which you just suspected.

Also don;t bring family into discussion as they are very

ari
January 19, 2012 at 06:04

Sounds more like a capitulation by Beijing to India. The mechanism in effect recognizes New Delhi’s claim to the disputed territories. Dai is a bl**dy ball-less cowardly person who shouldn’t be in the Standing Committee. He is a sell-out insofar as the Chinese nation is concerned. He would sooner trade his daughter for marriage than stand and confront any adversary. Reminds me of what Liang1a says – Eunuchs giving away Northern Sung to Kublai Khan just to avoid war with him. Coward.

Girish
January 19, 2012 at 00:42

@yang zi

I believe right from the day one :-)

yang zi
January 18, 2012 at 21:51

since when you start make sense :)

Girish
January 18, 2012 at 04:46

All issues can be solved in peaceful ways by negotiations and sensitivity towards each others interest. That is how neighbors are suppose to live together.
India China have lot of things to gain in cooperation and lot of things to loose in confrontations.
21st century is Asia’s rise again and that is only possible if big countries like India and China remains peaceful.

JohnX
January 18, 2012 at 02:48

“India and China took a major confidence building step on Tuesday, setting up an institutionalized border mechanism that allows for real time contact between the two countries’ foreign offices in the event of a border intrusion by either side.”

It always amuses me how we as humanity can make things seem more complicated than they really are.

There has been system in place for ages, its called a ‘phone’ and a ‘person who answers it’.

In domestic situations its been used for a while, here’s an example.

“Ring, ring, ring. Hello?

Yeah, G’day mate, your bloody dog is running loose in my backyard again. Chain the mongrel up.

Oh, sorry mate, it must have slipped the leash again. I’ll be right there. *Bloody stupid mongrel*

Hey, no worries mate. Just figured you ought to know.”

Now replace the word bloody stupid mongrel with the PLA/ Indian military and neighbor with the CCP moderates/ Indian Govt. and Bobs your uncle and Sallys your aunt, problem fixed.

We just complicate things when there is a reason why the dog is in your backyard and its not because its an accident. Then its:

“Ring, ring, ring. Hello?

Yeah mate, I caught your bloody dog worrying the sheep again in my paddocks. Sorry mate, but I had to shoot the bloody stupid mongrel.

Ah bloody hell, stupid mongrel. No probs, just chuck me a new pup when you get one.

Yeah, sweet mate. Just remember to keep your mongrel chained up next time., Cant have the stupid buggers running loose.”

See. Conflict resolution in progress. No complications mate.

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