National Security Advisor Ajit Doval meets Chinese counterpart in tension between Doklam Standoff


New Delhi: India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has met China’s State Councilor Yang Jiechi, who went to China for the BRICS countries conference. The meeting between the two countries is being considered as important in the matter of the Dokalam controversy. According to the news, there was talk of bilateral relations, international and regional issues between the two.

According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Chinese National Security Advisor Yang Jiechi has bilateral relations in front of senior representatives of the three countries, keeping their side on international and territorial serious issues (possibly including the Dokalam) and clarifying their position.

Ajit Doval is in China to participate in the meeting with BRICS top security officials from Thursday. Doval arrived here on Wednesday to participate in a two-day meeting of national security advisers of Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS). Yang is hosting this meeting. Doval and Yang are both special representatives of the Indo-China border system. According to the official program, Doval will meet with China’s President Xi Chunfing on Friday with BRICS top security officials. The Indian army had stopped the Chinese army from crossing the Indo-Bhutan-China border, after which China and India’s army face-to-face for more than a month.

China has claimed that it is building the road within its territory. India has expressed its opposition to this construction and is afraid that it will help China to end India’s reach to the northeast states. In view of Doval’s visit, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang reiterated on Wednesday that India will not have any meaningful dialogue with him till the army calls back ‘unconditional’ from the Dokalm area. Lu also said that Foreign Minister Wang Yi has officially made China’s stand clear on this issue.

Nonetheless, China remains on the fact that there can not be any meaningful dialogue without the return of the Indian Army, but the Chinese Foreign Ministry had indicated a bilateral meeting between Doval and Yang, which is part of the Brix’s NSA meeting.

About the BRICS NSA meeting, Lu told the media, “Meeting on security issues is a big platform for BRICS countries where cooperation and discussion can be done in areas of politics and security.” Various issues, including global governance, fight against terrorism, internal security and energy security will be discussed. In addition, major international and regional issues will be discussed.



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