India’s Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid has met with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Beijing, just days after the resolution of a confrontation between the armies of the two countries, thousands of kilometers to the west near the Karakoram mountain range.
The stand-off lasted three weeks and looked like it might seriously damage ties. Nonetheless, Khurshid and Wang signed an agreement to strengthen bilateral relations.
The incident took place in a high altitude region fought over by India and China in a 1962 border war. Since then, the two countries have agreed on how to avoid further conflict, but not on a permanent boundary between them, which remains a vaguely defined “line of actual of control”.
Reports say Chinese troops set up camp inside Indian territory, only withdrawing once the Indians had agreed to demolish a recently built line of defensive bunkers.
While the Chinese government has denied entering Indian territory, Indian leaders have denied making any concessions.
In private, Indian analysts say their army had merely been trying to match much better infrastructure built on the Chinese side. Chinese analysts, meanwhile, say that given their country’s increasingly confrontational territorial disputes with Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines, it might not be a good idea to open up a spat with India.
At China’s Foreign Ministry, spokeswoman Hua Chunying declined to give details of the dispute.
Li Keqiang has said India will be the destination of his first overseas visit as Prime Minister.
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