Checkmate China: Early Resolution of Border Disputes
- India and China have emphasised their commitment to arriving at an early resolution of the border disputes between them.
- Both the countries concluded the 18th round of boundary talks in Delhi on 24th of March 2015.
- Both sides also agreed to take necessary steps to maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas, as a pre-requisite for continued growth of bilateral relations.
- Previous attempts at resolving the decades-long disputes have been unfruitful, resulting in both countries accusing each other of incursions from time to time.
- The disputes between the neigbours is focused on two fronts. These are the Aksai Chin region, which India claims as part of Jammu and Kashmir, and parts of Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as parts of southern Tibet.
- The talks also come at a time when China is raising objections to a project of the Indian government to improve road infrastructure in the border areas, aimed at improving access for its armed forces. China has already developed a dense network of roads on its side of the border.