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India, China Hold Border Talks

India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Kumar Doval, right, and Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi shake hands before the start of the 18th round of talks on India-China border dispute in New Delhi, India, Monday, March 23, 2015.

India and China began an 18th round of border talks in New Delhi Monday in an effort to resolve a longstanding territorial dispute.

The talks about the Line of Actual Control are the first since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came into office last year.

The two countries have long been embroiled in the bitter territorial dispute. Small incursions occur frequently across the Line of Actual Control; the de-facto border that runs 4,000 kilometers across the Himalayas and involves large swathes of remote territory.

China claims around 90,000 square kilometers of land in the eastern Himalayas, which India disputes. A good portion of the land is the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.

Last year, India and China resolved a tense, two-week military standoff in the region.

The border dispute led to a brief war between Asia's largest countries in 1962.