NEW DELHI - India and China have conferred about establishing a mechanism to resolve the decades-old boundary dispute that brought them to war briefly in 1962.
The two countries held the fourth India-China Annual Defence Dialogue here Dec. 9, with Gen. Ma Xiaotian, deputy chief of the People's Liberation Army's General Staff, representing China and Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma representing India.
Indian Defence Ministry sources said the two discussed setting up a process for resolving the boundary issue during the defense-level talks.
"It was also noted that the strengthening of the institutional mechanism for border discussions, which is expected to be operationalised soon through the establishment of a working-level mechanism, would improve communications on important border-related issues," the ministry said in its official release.
Indian and Chinese officials also discussed defense exchanges, which could be taken up in 2012.
"Both sides agreed that enhancement of defense exchanges between the Armed Forces of India and China would contribute to better understanding and mutual trust and confidence building," according to the release.