New Delhi, Jan 3: India and China are seeking to address their boundary dispute from a strategic perspective with a basic aim to now allow differences in this regard override cooperation in several spheres, said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) about the recent round of India-China border talks.
According to the Indian Media, Refusing to comment on the divergence in public statements by both countries on the border talks, including China suggesting that there could be an “early harvest on the boundary issue”, MEA spokesperson said on Thursday there was the feeling at the talks that the border issue should be addressed from a strategic perspective.“The relationship has expanded across different frontiers and we recently had the second round of informal summit. So both sides are talking on a variety of issue. One issue should not cloud the overall relationship,’’ said Kumar while urging that the “overall umbrella of relationship’’ should be kept in view.
“It was also decided during discussions that there should be peace and tranquillity on the border which is very important for the overall development of bilateral relationship,’’ he added. However, the MEA did not comment on whether practical measures were suggested at the meeting to settle the border problem as “these are sensitive negotiations. We decide how much of that should come out in the public domain,” said the MEA spokesperson.