Border: The 24th round of Bhutan – China boundary talks was held in Beijing on August 11, according to a foreign affairs ministry press release.

The talks were led by foreign minister Damcho Dorji and Chinese vice foreign minister Liu Zhenmin.

During the talks, the two leaders held in-depth discussions on the boundary issue. They also exchanged views on bilateral relations and other matters of mutual interest.

The talks reviewed the progress on the boundary issue following the 23rd round of boundary talks held in Thimphu in August 2015 and the two expert group meetings held in December 2015 in Beijing and March 2016 in Thimphu.

The 24th round of boundary talks endorsed the report of the Joint Technical Field Survey of the disputed areas in the western sector carried out by the expert group of the two sides. The meeting commended the expert group for successfully carrying out the joint survey. The meeting also directed the two leaders of the expert group to continue discussions on the basis of the progress achieved thus far.

The two leaders expressed satisfaction with the talks, which were held in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

During his stay in China, Lyonpo Damcho Dorji called on the vice president of China, Li Yuanchao, and foreign minister, Wang Yi. The Bhutanese delegation also visited places of historical and cultural interest in China.

Staff reporter