Chinese and Indian officials have released a joint statement pledging to increase border trade and minimise military friction, the South China Morning Post reports.
At a meeting in Chengdu this weekend, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval said in a joint statement that the two countries had reached an “important consensus” regarding stability along the 2,000 km of shared border.
Border trade and “people exchanges” were among the measures outlined to “increase trust, manage disputes” regarding border issues, the statement read.
China has been reaching out to its neighbors in recent weeks in an apparent attempt to boost goodwill ahead of the highly-anticipated meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping at the G20 on November 30. Just last week, Beijing sent representatives to hold similar talks at China’s contested southern border with Vietnam.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also expected to meet with Xi on the sidelines of the leaders’ summit.