NSA Ajit Doval set for key Beijing talks amid Doklam standoff

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While officials were tight-lipped about Doval’s schedule, he is likely to meet with his Chinese counterpart, State Councillor Yang Jiechi.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Doval will hold key meetings as he attends a BRICS NSA’s meet.
  • He is likely to meet Chinese counterpart, State Councillor Yang Jiechi.
  • Doval will also meet Chinese President Xi Jinping.

National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval will hold key meetings in Beijing on Thursday and Friday, as he attends a BRICS NSA’s meet that takes place amid attention on the ongoing border standoff between India and China in Doklam.

Doval arrived in Beijing on Wednesday. While officials were tight-lipped about his schedule, he is likely to meet his Chinese counterpart, State Councillor Yang Jiechi. Doval will also hold interactions with other BRICS NSAs.

Yang will host Doval and other officials for a banquet, while the BRICS NSA’s summit will hold a formal opening on Friday morning at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing.

As India Today reported, Doval will also meet Chinese President Xi Jinping, with the five NSAs set to call on Xi at the Great Hall of the People on Friday afternoon.

Yang and Doval are also Special Representatives on the India-China boundary negotiations.

“As far as we know, in previous meetings, usually it is arranged for the heads of delegations to hold meetings to exchange views on bilateral relations and other international issues,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said earlier this week.

Lu also stressed that in China’s view, “meaningful dialogue” on the standoff at Doklam was not possible until India withdrew. “China and India have a smooth diplomatic channel,” he said.

“The crux now is Indian border troops illegally stayed on China’s territory. Once again we urge India to pull back to the Indian side of the boundary. I want to stress that this is a precondition for any meaningful talks between the two sides,” Lu added.

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