China, India Ink Border Relations Accord

Global Security Newswire Staff
Oct. 23, 2013, 11:02 a.m.

In­dia and China on Wed­nes­day signed an agree­ment de­signed to help the nuc­le­ar-armed na­tions man­age ten­sions along their bor­der, the Wash­ing­ton Post re­por­ted.

The coun­tries are at odds over ex­actly where the bound­ary falls in cer­tain Hi­m­alay­an moun­tain areas. In 1962, ten­sions between the sides flared in­to a short-lived con­flict.

In­di­an Prime Min­is­ter Man­mo­han Singh said he and Chinese Premi­er Li Keqi­ang “agreed that peace and tran­quil­ity on our bor­ders must re­main the found­a­tion for growth of the In­dia-China re­la­tion­ship, even as we move for­ward the ne­go­ti­ations to­ward a fair, reas­on­able and mu­tu­al ac­cept­able set­tle­ment to the In­dia-China bound­ary ques­tion,” the BBC re­por­ted.

The newly signed ar­range­ment calls for new equip­ment to fa­cil­it­ate con­tact between mil­it­ary com­mand­ers from the two coun­tries, ac­cord­ing to the Post. The deal also bans per­son­nel on either side from “tail­ing” the oth­er coun­try’s patrol­men.

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