China and India concluded their latest round of border talks yesterday, without announcing any breakthroughs in the dispute. Both sides were reluctant to elaborate when asked about details of the talks, which have dragged on for six years without any concrete results. A source privy to the discussions said the Chinese delegation, headed by State Councillor Dai Bingguo, staked its claim to the monastery town of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. But the Indian side, headed by national security adviser M.K. Narayanan, cited a 2005 agreement not to demand populated areas in the border dispute. Beijing wants Tawang because it is an important religious site for Tibetan Buddhism. Tawang is the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama. Controlling the region could further strengthen China's rule in Tibet . Tawang was overrun by the People's Liberation Army during the Sino-India war in 1962, but India resumed its administration after the Chinese voluntarily withdrew. Apart from negotiating on the long-standing territorial disputes, both sides also exchanged views on other bilateral and international issues, said an Indian official who described the two-day talks held in New Delhi's Hyderabad House as 'cordial'. This is the 13th round of border talks between the two sides. The last one was held in Beijing a year ago. The negotiation was the first since India's Congress party-led United Progressive Alliance government was voted back to power in May. 'Nobody expected a breakthrough. Border negotiations are very tedious and time consuming,' said Dipankar Banerjee of Delhi's Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies. 'Both countries have fielded their best brains to get the best deal in the national interest, so there is a veil of secrecy for obvious reasons. Premature disclosures of give-and-take can jeopardise the talks' he said. Brajesh Mishra, a former Indian national security adviser and a participant in border talks during Atal Behari Vajpayee's tenure as prime minister, believes that India's recent nuclear deal with the United States has complicated its ties with China. 'The Chinese must know that if they create something on the border, there would be an instant reaction far beyond what happened in 1962,' he said. After the negotiations, Mr Dai met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to convey greetings from President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao . China and India fought a war over disputed territories in 1962. The nuclear-armed neighbours are now divided by the post-conflict Line of Actual Control. China claims about 90,000 square kilometres in India's northeast, including most of Arunachal Pradesh, which it calls South Tibet. India claims about 43,180 square kilometres in the Aksai Chin region.