NSA Ajit Doval holds talks with China's top official

India's NSA Ajit Doval Holds Talks with Chinese Counterpart Resetting Ties On The Agenda

India's NSA Ajit Doval Holds Talks with Chinese Counterpart Resetting Ties On The Agenda

The NSA's meet was bilateral and not part of the SCO arrangement.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval today held talks with the top official of China's ruling Communist Party Yang Jiechi in Shanghai during which both sides agreed to maintain the pace of high-level exchanges after last year's Doklam stand-off.

Both Doval and Yang are special representatives for India-China boundary talks representing their respective countries. Mr. Yang is a member of the powerful 25-member Politburo of the Communist Party of China.

Mr. Yang then in his capacity as state councilor-a position now held by foreign minister Wang-had visited India in December to energise the "Xiamen process" of rebooting ties between India and China, following the meeting between Prime Minister Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Ahead of Mr. Doval's visit foreign minister Wang, during his annual March 8 press conference, had praised the two leaderships for demonstrating "strategic vision" in tackling the Doklam crisis.

This is the second meeting between Doval and Yang after the 73-day Doklam stand-off. Speculation is rife that several issues could have been discussed during the visit, including ways to avoid Sino-Indian military faceoffs like the one at Doklam in Bhutanese territory past year, India's efforts to gain entry into the Nuclear Suppliers' Group (NSG), efforts to get Pakistan-based terror outfit JeM's chief Masood Azhar banned by the United Nations, and New Delhi's request to Hong Kong for the provisional arrest of PNB scam accused Nirav Modi.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman are scheduled to be in Beijing on 24 April to attend different meetings of the SCO and interact with their counterparts from the member states. After Yang's visit to New Delhi, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale visited Beijing in February and held talks with top Chinese officials.

The visit was part of regular high-level engagements between India and China.

The eight-member SCO, including Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Pakistan along with China and India will hold its summit in Qingdao, China.

Both sides attach lot of significance to these meetings to reset the ties as they were taking place after President Xi Jingping has commenced his second-five-year tenure last month with the prospect of continuing in power for life following the removal of two-term limit for the Chinese president.

The issue of maintaining peace was also discussed during the meeting.

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