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India-China border summit ends in stalemate

(30 November 2015)

Long-awaited talks between Indian and Chinese defence ministries on the disputed border between the countries failed to make progress, according to policy analysts. A 26-member delegation from China headed by the vice chairman of the Central Military Commission Gen. Fan Changlong travelled to New Delhi to meet with the delegation from India led by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. According to a press release from the Indian Defence Ministry, this represented the “highest level defence delegation to visit India in the recent years.”

The border between India and China has been declared a “Line of Actual Control,” but this represents neither a mutually agreed upon nor a properly demarcated boundary. The 2013 Border Defence Cooperation Agreement established formal mechanisms to improve security along the Line of Actual Control but did little to solve the underlying dispute.

The failure to move forward in this month’s talks suggests that tensions along the Indian-Chinese border will continue, analysts for Defence News indicated. However, the Indian Defence Ministry concluded that the “enhanced defence exchanges” between India and China will continue.


India-China Talks Fail To Make Progress on Border Dispute, 17 November 2015, by Vivek Raghuvanshi for Defense News,