MOVING PAST DOKLAM
Words matter in diplomacy. And India and China found very pleasant ones to exchange on December 22 at least for two countries that by some accounts came very close to a military confrontation after a 72-day border stand-off in Doklam that ended late August. Moving past Doklam was top of the agenda when China’s Special Representative, Yang Jiechi, came calling for day-long talks with his counterpart, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
Yang was promoted to the new 25-member Politburo this October, which might well make the 20th round of border talks his last as a successor takes over in March. But the Doklam stand-off, officials on both sides said, imbued the Delhi visit with added significance. Yang came with a message from President Xi Jinping, that he delivered to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in person, saying that both
A NEW BEGINNING Special representative Yang Jiechi and NSA Ajit Doval at a recent meeting in Delhi