India, China to hold crucial border talks ahead of Wen Jiabao's visit
ial representatives of India and China will hold the crucial 14th round of border talks here on Monday to resolve the long-running boundary dispute between the two countries, ahead of a key visit of Chinese premier Wen Jiabao to New Delhi. National security advisor (NSA) Shivshankar Menon, the designated special representative of India who is arriving here tomorrow on a three-day visit, would hold talks with his Chinese counterpart state councillor Dai Bingguo on November 29 and 30 to find a way forward to resolve the boundary dispute. The last round was held in New Delhi in 2009 between the then NSA, MK Narayanan and Dai which ended without much progress. India and China share about 4,000km long borders. China has staked claims to Akasai Chin in the Ladakh region and Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing refers to as southern Tibet. Though India-China began discussions to resolve the border difference since 1980, the process got an impetus after the two countries agreed to hold talks by designated Special Representatives.