In­dia­China SR talks to re­view past de­ci­sions

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Nation - Shishir Gupta shishir.gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

THE LINE­UP Diplo­mats say no new ini­tia­tives will be dis­cussed THE 21ST ROUND OF THE DI­A­LOGUE WILL NOT DIS­CUSS ANY NEW INI­TIA­TIVES... BUT FO­CUS ON RE­VIEW­ING THE DE­CI­SIONS MADE IN

EAR­LIER ROUNDS NEWDELHI:

The In­dia-China spe­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive (SR) di­a­logue on bound­ary res­o­lu­tion will be held out­side Bei­jing be­tween Chi­nese State Coun­cilor Wang Yi and In­dia’s Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor Ajit Do­val on Novem­ber 23-25 with the fo­cus on man­ag­ing the 3,488 kilo­me­ter Line of Ac­tual Con­trol (LAC) and pre­vent­ing any Dok­lam-like flare-ups in the fu­ture. The venue of the di­a­logue is to be de­cided.

Ac­cord­ing to the diplo­mats based in New Delhi and Bei­jing, the 21st round of di­a­logue will not dis­cuss any new ini­tia­tives with the In­dian gen­eral elec­tions five months away, but fo­cus on re­view­ing the de­ci­sions made in ear­lier rounds of talks with a bi­lat­eral com­mit­ment to keep the LAC in­ci­dent-free and peace­ful.

The am­bit of the spe­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive di­a­logue has grown be­yond the ini­tial fo­cus of bound­ary res­o­lu­tion since 2009, and the diplo­mats said there is a pos­si­bil­ity that the two in­ter­locu­tors may touch the ram­i­fi­ca­tions of US-China trade war as well as mount­ing trade deficit on the In­dian side in its deal­ings with China.

The Strate­gic Eco­nomic Di­a­logue be­tween NITI Aayog Vice Chair­man Ra­jiv Ku­mar and his Chi­nese coun­ter­part is al­ready seized of the trade is­sues.

The spe­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive di­a­logue is sig­nif­i­cant as Wang Yi is se­nior to the for­eign min­is­ter of China and Ajit Do­val vir­tu­ally heads the na­tional se­cu­rity es­tab­lish­ment in­clud- ing the high-power De­fence Plan­ning Group and Strate­gic Pol­icy Group.

While the hot­line be­tween In­dia’s and China’s de­fence min­is­ters is a work in progress, Na­tional Sse­cu­ri­tyA Do­val is in con­stant touch with Coun­cilor Wang to en­sure that there is no mis­un­der­stand­ing on the bor­ders or on a global mat­ter such as the Indo-Pa­cific or Afghanistan.

The meet­ing of the two will also fol­low the meet­ing of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi with Chi­nese Prime Min­is­ter Li Ke­qiang at the East Asia sum­mit on Novem­ber 13-15.

Af­ter the Dok­lam flare-up last year was ad­dressed by some deft diplo­macy by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, the Peo­ples Lib­er­a­tion Army and the In­dian Army have held nu­mer­ous bor­der meet­ings to con­tain tem­pers, and trans-LAC in­cur­sions by the PLA have come down by 20% this year as com­pared to 2017.

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