India has firmly told China that peace and tranquillity along border areas was an important prerequisite for smooth development of bilateral relations.

The two countries concluded the 12th meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC) on Border Affairs (WMCC) at Chengdu in Sichuan province of China on Thursday night.

The talks were led by Pranay Verma, Joint Secretary (East Asia) in MEA and by Yi Xianliang, Director General, Department of Boundary and Oceanic Affairs in the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“They discussed ways to effectively manage border areas in accordance with the strategic guidance provided by the leaders of the two countries at the Wuhan Summit and explored various confidence building measures with a view to further enhance mutual trust and understanding,” the External Affairs Ministry said.

Established in 2012, WMCC is an institutional mechanism for “consultation and coordination for management of India-China border areas”.

It is a forum to exchange views on strengthening communication and cooperation, including between border security personnel on both sides.