Sino-India border talks postponed indefinitely

New Delhi, Nov.26: Border talks between India and China, which were to be held here on Monday have been postponed indefinitely.

Though officials are tight lipped about the postponement, a television channel quoted sources, as saying that some demands made by the Chinese have been found to be unacceptable by India.

Chinese Special Representative Dai Bingguo was to travel to Delhi for the postponement of the 15th round of talks on the long-pending boundary problem with his Indian counterpart Shivshankar Menon.

Indian Ambassador to China, S.Jaishankar, who was scheduled to be here for the talks, is still coming to Delhi despite the postponement.

The External Affairs Ministry issued a terse statement “we are looking forward to the 15th round of SRs talks in the near future and the two sides remain in touch to find convenient dates for the meeting.”

Dai and Menon were expected to discuss a plan to put in place a mechanism for border management mooted by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao during his visit to India last year.

A decision to set up the mechanism was taken at a meeting Jiabao had with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at Sanya in April.

Earlier this month, government sources had said that India would be hosting the talks November-end.

The dialogue at the level of SRs is a three-stage process which started in 2005 with the declaration of the Guiding Principles and Political Parameters.

The second stage was identifying the framework for resolution of the boundary dispute and the third stage to apply that framework. The Special Reprsentative mechanism was established in 2003, when Menon was India’s ambassador to Beijing. (ANI)