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Tuesday, 7 March, 2000, 10:45 GMT
India says China talks 'cordial'
Satellite image of test site
India's nuclear tests in 1998 strained ties with China
High-level security talks in Beijing between India and China have been frank and cordial, according to the Indians.

The meeting, which began on Monday, is the first formal discussion on regional security issues between the two Asian powers.

An official from the Indian embassy said that both sides "found that the talks were useful for a better understanding of issues and the process would continue".

He said they had an "extensive and wide-ranging dialogue on a variety of issues including global and regional issues".

Dongfeng 31 long-range missile
China and India fought a brief war in 1962
No details have emerged, but correspondents say the nuclear question was discussed.

Relations between India and China were severely strained after India conducted nuclear tests in May 1998.

China was said to be furious that Delhi had cited the perceived threat from China as part justification for the tests.

Beijing has repeatedly condemned India's nuclear ambitions and has urged both India and Pakistan to sign the comprehensive test ban treaty.

But India accuses China of being behind Pakistan's nuclear armament.

Border war

Another source of continuing tension between India and China is the long-running border dispute, which led to a brief war in 1962.

However Indian officials said the border issue would not be discussed.

Correspondents said the talks were unlikely to achieve anything substantive, but could pave the way for more detailed discussions later.

Although security issues have been discussed at high level before, it is the first time that the two governments have held a specific security dialogue.

Indian President KR Narayanan plans to visit China in May to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties with Beijing.

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