Diplomatic Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Indian and Chinese Special Representatives, M. K. Narayanan and Dai Bingguo, concluded their ninth round of discussions on the border question on Thursday, an official statement said.

"The two Special Representatives continued their discussions on a framework for the boundary settlement on the basis of the [April 2005] Agreement on Political Parameters and Guiding Principles. The talks were held in an open, friendly, cooperative and constructive atmosphere," the release stated.

Mr. Dai paid courtesy calls on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Leader of the Opposition L.K. Advani on Wednesday.

Next round in China

"Both sides agreed to hold the next round of talks between the Special Representatives in China at a mutually convenient time, which will be decided through...diplomatic channel[s]," the statement added.

Mr. Dai will visit Khajuraho on Friday before leaving for Beijing.