“I stand ready to work with you to build on the work of our predecessors and break new ground to strive for the settlement of the China-India boundary question and to make greater progress in the China-India strategic cooperative partnership in the new period,” Chinese Special Representative Yang Jiechi said.
Table talks between the two neighboring countries started fresh on Friday after the change of leadership in China. However, stories of both parties still do not match as India maintains that the dispute is over an area stretched to 4000km while China claims that it only about 2000km area of Arunachal Pradesh.
Reciprocating his remarks, Shivshankar Menon also expressed his sincere pleasure to hold talks with his Chinese counterpart.
“You are an old friend and in India you are known for your various contributions you have made to the positive development of our bilateral relations. As you have said we are meeting at a moment when India- China relations have achieved a momentum and are moving in the right direction. It is our conviction that we are at a moment of strategic opportunity for this relationship,” Menon said.