India, China to hold strategic dialogue after three years

New Delhi, Aug. 17 (ANI): India and China will hold their next round of 'strategic dialogue' in New Delhi next week during which the Indian side is expected to raise contentious issues of waters and border incursions by the Chinese troops.

The fifth round of the dialogue, which will be co-chaired by Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh and Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhen, will be held on August 20. The dialogue between the two sides will also review the progress on negotiations on the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement.

This will be first interaction of the Indian Foreign Secretary with senior Chinese officials on crucial bilateral issues.

The dialogue between the two sides will also work on issues ahead of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's visit to China later this year.

New Delhi is expected to convey its concerns over market access in sectors like IT and pharma and huge trade deficit in favour of China during the dialogue, which will held after a gap of nearly three years. Waters and border incursion issues will also come up during the talks between the two sides.

The strategic dialogue comes barely days after the first India-China dialogue on Central Asia that was held in Beijing on August 12-13 during which the two sides discussed crucial issues like regional security, terrorism and energy security. (ANI)

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