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India, China to Resume Talks on Border Dispute བོད་སྐད།


India and China resume border talks on Friday aimed at resolving a decades-old dispute over the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.

Indian National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan and Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo will lead the two days of border talks in New Delhi.

Chinese state media quote a Chinese delegation spokesman Ma Chaoxu as saying Beijing wants a political solution to the territorial disputes that safeguards peace along the Chinese-Indian border.

China claims sovereignty over India's Arunachal Pradesh state and calls it Southern Tibet. Beijing has demanded that New Delhi hand over at least one district named Tawang, the birthplace of a former Dalai Lama and home to a prominent Buddhist monastery.

India says China previously agreed that any border settlement will not involve the transfer of populated areas. Beijing says that formulation does not apply to Tawang.

The dispute between the two neighbors over Arunachal Pradesh has intensified this year.

India's government deployed several warplanes to the state in recent months and plans to send two more troop divisions to bolster its defenses. Indian authorities also have begun work on modernizing roads in the area.

China's state-run Global Times newspaper has criticized India's policies in the state.

Some information for this report was provided by Xinhua and Straits times.

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