India and China accelerate negotiations to resolve their border dispute

India and China will accelerate the negotiations on the border dispute kept for decades to attempt an agreement before the meet this year in Beijing the top leaders of both countries, an official source said today.

“We will meet perhaps within a month or so from now,” since both parties are aware “of the task that represents this important issue,” the spokesman said Indian Foreign Ministry press conference, Syed Akbaruddin. The willingness to move forward as soon as possible to resolve the dispute was one of the main findings of the visit this week to Beijing Indian Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj, along with possible agreements on trade matters.

Meetings of “high level” held by the Minister with Chinese leaders, including President Xi Jinping, reflect “commitment” of both Asian nations to close deals “in the course of this year,” Akbaruddin said.

The spokesman said that is yet to fix the exact date of the trip to China by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, although it is expected for May, in response to the invitation by Xi when he visited New Delhi in September 2014. India and China share almost 3,500 kilometer border in which each claim several territories in 1962 even came to war and those who are not rare military incursions both sides by disputes inherited from the colonial era.

Modi and Xi acknowledged in September that resolution of this issue is “essential” to improve relations between neighboring countries and also business partners, and the minister said Monday in Beijing’s will “not pass this dispute to the next generation.” As evidence of this willingness, both countries have already agreed on a new route for the passage of pilgrims that will open in June in the eastern part of the border, said the Foreign Ministry spokesman.
The minister also addressed during his four-day stay in China agreements that India seeks to realize in trade, railways and industrial parks to attract Chinese investment.

The Chinese president pledged to Modi to allocate 20,000 million in the next five years but still pending to close more concrete commitments to help balance a clearly unfavorable to India’s trade balance.

More than a quarter of the overall trade deficit Indian corresponds to the relationship with China, an imbalance which in August reached a record 50,000 million.