Indo-Sino 8th round ends on
M.K. Narayanan meets Chinese
Prime Minister, Foreign Minister to seek help on Indo-US civilian nuclear deal
in the NSG, support for Shashi Tharoor’s candidacy, and Chinese presidential
later this year.
Results of current round and
dates for next round date has not been disclosed
The eighth round of Indo-Sino border talks ended with proceedings held
secretively and results not made public but a terse press release similar to
the one at the end of last round said that the talks were held in a "friendly,
cooperative and constructive atmosphere."
India’s National Security Advisor and Chief Negotiator M.K. Narayanan met with
Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Dai Bingua to devise a framework for the
settlement of the border dispute on the basis of the "political parameters and
guiding principles" finalized during Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to
India last year. The actual demarcation of the border can only begin after the
framework is created and approved.
While the main focus was the border dispute, Narayanan also met with Chinese
Prime Minister Wen Jiabo as well as Foreign Minister Li Zhao Xing. China
watchers speculate that Narayanan may have sought China's support at the
Nuclear Suppliers Group for the India-U.S. civilian nuclear deal. They also say
that Narayanan may have discussed Chinese support for Indian sponsored
candidate Shashi Tharoor for the position of U.N. Secretary-General and the
proposed visit to India by Chinese President Hu Jintao later this year.
The press release said that next round of dialogue will be held in India but
did not provide a specific timeline.