China and India will resume high-level negotiations today after a year's break to resolve a nagging border dispute over which they fought a war in 1962. The 13th round of border talks will take place over two days in New Delhi, with delegations lead by State Councillor Dai Bingguo and Indian national security adviser M. K. Narayanan. The talks come against a backdrop of acrimony over India's decision to deploy additional troops and beef up air defences in Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as it territory, and New Delhi's unease over military infrastructure in Tibet and Xinjiang . Indian officials have expressed concerns over the Qinghai -Tibet railway and its proposed extension to Xigaze and Nyingchi - prefectures that border India - at a meeting of the cabinet's National Security Council. The Indian Express newspaper reported that the meeting decided not to 'demonise' China and concluded that China was not a short-term threat but should be monitored. Zhang Yan, China's ambassador to India, described the two countries as 'great neighbours'. 'Despite the twists and turns in Sino-Indian ties and border disputes, the two countries share the same historical responsibilities of developing economies - improving people's lives and safeguarding world peace and development - which requires them to properly handle existing problems with the utmost political wisdom,' Mr Zhang said yesterday. But Indian analysts were unmoved by Mr Zhang's comments, especially following a bout of India-bashing in state media that portrayed India as a threat to China. 'Mr Zhang's syrupy words are designed to salvage the negotiations from the damage inflicted by vituperative attacks on India in China's state-run media', said Brahma Chellaney professor of strategic studies at the New Delhi-based Centre for Policy Research. 'China's objective is to keep India engaged in endless and fruitless border talks so that Beijing, in the meantime, can change the Himalayan balance decisively in its favour through development of military power and infrastructure.'