India NSA visits China, meets key Chinese official

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval is on a visit to China to prepare the ground for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Qingdao for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in June.

On Friday, Doval met Yang Jiechi, Member of the Politburo and Director of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the all-powerful Communist Party Central Committee, in Shanghai. Yang was until now the Special Representative on the Chinese side for the boundary talks with India.

The External Affairs Ministry said Doval’s visit was part of regular high-level engagements between India and China. The discussions covered a wide range of bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest. “The two sides agreed to maintain the pace of high-level exchanges with a view to fully realise the potential of closer development partnership between India and China,’’ the ministry said.

The meeting comes days before External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visit Beijing for meetings that are being held under the SCO framework. Both sides have high expectations from the visits of these two ministers, to be followed by Modi’s trip. Modi is expected to hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on all bilateral issues during his visit.

Analysts say that talks between Doval and Yang are significant as the Chinese diplomat holds a higher rank in the official hierarchy than Wang Yi, who is the Foreign Minister and State Councillor on foreign affairs.

Both Doval and Yang had played a major role in easing the tensions that erupted between India and China last summer in the wake of the military stand-off at Doklam.

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