The 3rd meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs was held at New Delhi on 23-24 July, 2013. The Indian delegation was led by Shri Gautam Bambawale, Joint Secretary (East Asia) and comprised of representatives of the Ministries of External Affairs, Defence and Home Affairs as well as members of the Indian Army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police. The Chinese delegation was led by Mr. Ouyang Yujing, Director General, Department of Boundary and Oceanic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and comprised of representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and National Defence of the People’s Republic of China. The Chinese delegation called on Foreign Secretary, Shri Ranjan Mathai.
The talks were held in a constructive and forward-looking atmosphere. The two delegations reviewed recent developments in the India-China border areas with the objective of enhancing peace and tranquility between the two countries. They discussed additional confidence building measures between the two sides. They also consulted on measures to improve the functioning of the Working Mechanism and make it more efficient.
The two delegations further discussed the possibility of introducing an additional route for the Kailash-Manasarovar Yatra.
The 4th meeting of the Working Mechanism will be held in China at a mutually convenient time.
July 24, 2013
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