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Talks with China close

New Delhi, Sept. 30: The third round of security talks between India and China concluded in Beijing yesterday, with both sides emphasising the need to combat global terrorism and work together on issues of bilateral, regional and international importance.

“The dialogue consisted of an overview of the current international security situation including the campaign against terrorism, introduction of each other’s national defence policies, various issues related to regional security and cooperation,” Sheel Kant Sharma, joint secretary, disarmament and international security affairs of the foreign ministry, was quoted by agencies as saying in Beijing.

He said the two sides discussed the current state of affairs in India-Pakistan relations, but did not go into details.

Sharma claimed that the third round of talks has led to better understanding of mutual concerns. “Both sides adopted a forward-looking approach to the dialogue. As China’s largest neighbour, we attach importance to exchanging views with it and, similarly, the Chinese side also showed interest in discussing issues of common concerns.”

Apart from global terrorism, the two sides discussed the need for an introduction to each others’ defence policies and issues related to regional security and cooperation, such as the Asean Regional Forum, confidence-building measures in Asia and developments in the Korean peninsula. The international disarmament agenda also came up for discussion.

The foreign ministry issued a statement highlighting the points discussed at the meet that came as part of the confidence-building measures initiated by the two sides to mend acrimonious relations following India’s May 1998 nuclear tests.

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