India, China NSAs to meet next week to discuss bilateral ties; NSG membership likely to be discussed

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi will meet in Hyderabad in November first week for informal dialogue on the state of bilateral relations.

By: PTI | Updated: October 29, 2016 4:30 pm
India, China, India China NSA meet, China India NSA meet, India NSG, Masood Azhar, India China masood azhar, India China NSG membership Officials say that the Hyderabad meeting is not Special Representatives dialogue on border but an informal consultations in which all issues including those relating to the borders may figure.

National Security Advisors of India and China will meet next week to discuss measures to improve bilateral ties which are strained by differences over a host of issues, including India’s admission into NSG and Beijing’s attempts to block UN ban on JeM Chief Masood Azhar. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi will meet in Hyderabad in November first week for informal dialogue on the state of bilateral relations, specially the irritants bedevilling the development of ties, officials said.

Besides blocking India’s admission into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), China had put a second technical hold on India’s move to bring about a UN ban on Azhar. Also India has been protesting over the USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which is being laid through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

While India is concerned over the Pakistan factor creeping into India-China relations making the bilateral ties
more complex, China too is airing its apprehensions over the movement to boycott Chinese goods in India as well the visit of US Ambassador to New Delhi, Richard Verma, to Arunachal Pradesh, which it considers as Southern Tibet and India’s permission to allow the Dalai Lama to visit the area.

Chinese officials say Beijing is apprehensive about India moving closer to US and Japan broadening its strategic and defence ties with both the countries. Doval and Yang who are the designated Special Representatives of the India-China boundary talks, also periodically meet to discuss the whole gamut of the Sino-Indian relations.

Yang was the former foreign minister of China before he was elevated to the rank of State Councillor of the ruling
Communist Party of China (CPC) after President Xi Jinping took over power in 2013. In Chinese power structure, State Councillor is more powerful than the Foreign Minister on foreign policy issues. Both Doval and Yang have been meeting regularly to discuss the problems affecting the bilateral relations.

Officials say that the Hyderabad meeting is not Special Representatives dialogue on border but an informal consultations in which all issues including those relating to the borders may figure. Their meeting is set to take place in the backdrop of the just concluded plenary meeting of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) which conferred the status of “core leader” on Xi, broadening his power base both in the party and military.

On India’s admission into the NSG, both sides held in-depth talks over the issue. India has been pressing China to relent on its opposition saying that vast majority of the 48 member group back New Delhi’s case. China, which is opposing India’s membership on the ground that India is not a signatory to Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), says the group need to work out a proposal on the accession on all the non-NPT countries meaning Pakistan’s admission too.

After talks with India, Chinese officials also held talks with Pakistan on the same issue. On the issue of ban on Azhar, China has not reacted to Pakistan’s reported move to freeze his bank accounts and keeping him under house arrest. Beijing’s technical hold in the UN on Azhar’s ban issue is due to expire in December.

Doval and Yang were expected to touch on these issues as well as India’s concerns over the ballooning trade deficit
which according to Chinese officials touched over USD 51 billion last year in little over USD 70 billion trade between the two countries. China has been promising to step up investments in India besides opening up markets for Indian IT and Pharmaceuticals.

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  1. B
    Oct 29, 2016 at 6:50 pm
    If China does not tow the Bharat line, then Shri Modiji should take up Uighur issue like Baluchistan and offer political sssylum to Uighurs. This will make China fall on Bharat Mata's;br/gt;lt;br/gt;sd/-lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Bonkered and Dumb Bhakts
    1. N
      Oct 29, 2016 at 3:03 pm
      It doesnt matter whether China agrees or not for NSG membership for India or UN declaration on terrorist so long India bring it to world attention frequently on Chinas bad policies. Chinese ban is the best tool as it is fought by people and not by government. Arunachal predesh and Chinese interferance in POK under the name of investment are not negotiable. It doesnt matter this scheduled meeting fails, government should reflect people of India's expectation
      1. J
        Oct 29, 2016 at 11:07 am
        China has 220% debt as a ratio of its GDP. It's manufacturing is slowing down at record levels. Unemployment is increasing in rural areas and smaller towns. Tell them we are ready to confront if needed with them directly. We don't need a proxy like they do. Good move to send Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh.
        1. V
          Vinu Koratty
          Oct 29, 2016 at 1:28 pm
          China wont allow India to gain prominence. Our own Liberals and Marxist will act as Chinese Trojan horse to derail this country. These anti-nationals know well that they wont have any power once India is out of poverty trap...
          1. V
            Vinu Koratty
            Nov 1, 2016 at 7:08 am
            Economy, my friend. Not Land. :)
            1. B
              Oct 29, 2016 at 7:07 pm
              China should not obstruct India in international forums, for its own good and good of India. China and India together can define the 21st century. I hope, good sense prevail upon Chinese govt and work with India for our common goal and development.
              1. M
                Oct 30, 2016 at 7:31 am
                bhakta go and ask ours PM ModijI to to speak about the liberation of kailash mansarovar from china on 2017 AD republic day rally IF HE have guts . idi0t.
                1. M
                  Oct 29, 2016 at 3:26 pm
                  hopes U r not among a devotee of Mt kailash.
                  1. R
                    Oct 29, 2016 at 4:58 pm
                    You are definitely not. The question is, if it is vatican or mecca?
                    1. T
                      Tantric Mantri
                      Oct 29, 2016 at 3:08 pm
                      Cow slaughter ban by hindoos is the cause of 1947;br/gt;Cease the ban on cow slaughter, or go to;br/gt;Binary Choice, No other;br/gt;Deadlock has been reached, can't cross the;br/gt;The final arbiter to decide the right to eat Cow meat in peace--it's War!!!,.
                      1. S
                        Oct 30, 2016 at 12:49 am
                        It is the right time to understand mutually. Science and Technology bring the world as we like. India and China together Two third of world potion. Being together world will be shining. India being Democratic has its own limitations. China should be more. Open. Pray Gurujies to make wiser counsel act to make the world flourishing. Best wishes
                        1. V
                          Oct 29, 2016 at 2:14 pm
                          Chinese atude is keep on talking and blocking chini hindi bahi bahi not new. Talk and block is not new India should not fall prey to it.
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