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India-China Border Talks Resume, Raising Hopes of a Xi-Modi Meeting

A file image of the military buildup on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control. Image: Money Sharma / AFP

China and India held joint talks about their contested border a week before President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will both attend the BRICS summit in Johannesburg. Xi will also travel to New Delhi for G20 meetings next month. Observers see the meetings as a signal of a possible Xi-Modi bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the BRICS summit.

The Chinese delegation traveled to the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) – the disputed border zone between the countries. The military talks are now in their 19th round, an ongoing process following the deadly conflict between Chinese and Indian soldiers in the Himalayas in 2020.

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