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Senior Indian and Chinese Officials Try to Resolve Their Long-Standing Border Disputes - 2003-10-23

Senior Indian and Chinese officials have begun another round talks in New Delhi to try to resolve their long-standing border disputes.

The 14th round of talks got underway in New Delhi Thursday. The parties are led by India's national Security Advisor Brajesh Mishra and China's Vice Foreign Minister Dai Bingguo.

The two special envoys were appointed by New Delhi and Beijing during Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's visit to China earlier this year.

All previous rounds of border talks led by junior level officials from both sides ended without tangible results.

The Asian giants fought a brief border war in 1962 and have yet to agree on a final boundary line.

India says China is holding about 30-thousand square kilometers of territory in Kashmir, in addition Beijing lays claim to the entire northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.

Earlier this month, the official Chinese website stopped showing another Indian region - Sikkim - on its list of sovereign Asian nations. New Delhi called the move an important step towards recognizing the region as an Indian state.

India incorporated Sikkim as a state in 1975, but China refused to recognize the move.