China says NSAs talked of ‘major problems,’ Ajit Doval meets Xi Jinping today

The meeting, amid the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops at Doklam at the trijunction with Bhutan, was held on the sidelines of the BRICS security summit in Beijing. Doval and Yang are also special representatives of the India-China border mechanism.

Written by Shubhajit Roy , Apurva | New Delhi/beijing | Updated: July 28, 2017 8:11 am
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A day before he and his BRICS counterparts call on Chinese President Xi Jinping, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval met Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi and held talks Thursday which Beijing said included “major problems” and “regional issues”.

The meeting, amid the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops at Doklam at the trijunction with Bhutan, was held on the sidelines of the BRICS security summit in Beijing. Doval and Yang are also special representatives of the India-China border mechanism.

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “Yang also separately exchanged views with the three senior representatives on bilateral relations, international and regional issues and multilateral affairs, and set forth China’s position on bilateral issues and major problems.” There was, however, no comment or readout from the Indian side. Around the time the two NSAs met, New Delhi said “differences between India and  China should be handled or addressed in such a manner that they do not become disputes”.

Underlining that this is the Indian government’s approach, Gopal Baglay, spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs, told reporters that India wants to go ahead as per the “Astana consensus” — referring to outcomes from the June 9 bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Chinese President in Kazakhstan’s capital. “We have also mentioned our approach to the settlement of border… our approach is to resolve in a peaceful manner through discussions. There are established mechanisms to address the border issue,” Baglay said.

“As far as the current situation, we have again said that we have pointed to the Astana consensus between President Xi Jinping and PM Modi. The first component (of the Astana consensus) is that relations are significant and the two countries are a factor of stability. And the second component is that differences between India and China be handled or addressed in manner that they do not become disputes. That remains our approach.” Baglay was referring to the 40-minute meeting on June 9 which, according to Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, was a “very positive and cordial” meeting.

In Astana, Jaishankar had said, “There was also an understanding that where we have differences, differences should not become disputes. In fact, if handled well, can even become opportunity. The sense of the meeting was that two countries have great interest in working with each other and we will have differences. Where we have differences, how to work and find common ground. And wherever we have concerns, each side will look at with a degree of seriousness.”

Doval, who arrived in Beijing Wednesday, will take part in the two-day meeting of NSAs of Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) being hosted by Yang.

Meanwhile, the government told Parliament Thursday that there was no quid pro quo with China on the issue of “sufferings” of the Tibetan people and stapled visas being given to Arunachal Pradesh residents by Beijing. Responding to questions in Rajya Sabha on the issue of stapled visa to Arunachal residents by China, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said “the issue has been raised in every bilateral meeting at various levels, be it at my level or that of the Prime Minister. The issue has been raised by us.”

Asked about India’s stand on Tibet, she said “we used to earlier talk of One China policy, but we used to say that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India. And when we say that, we want that China should also recognise this. Our policy has been made very clear.” On the issue of whether India remains a mute spectator towards alleged atrocities in Tibet, she said, “We are not sitting as a mute spectator. Whenever there are differences, we raise them.”
She said the Dalai Lama wanted to visit Tawang and “we allowed him to do so”. This was not the first time but the fifth or sixth time that he was visiting the place. “Whatever issue that is there that goes against India’s interest, we lodge our protest,” Swaraj said. To another question, she said there was no policy under which Chinese companies are denied security permission.

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    Muhammad Riyaz
    Jul 28, 2017 at 11:42 am
    A lot of Indians show their emotion for their motherland, and it is natural and understandable. But it is not factual. India could not dare to attack Pakistan after Indian Parliament Attack and Bombay Attack though India brought all its forces at borders. Pakistan is to India what India is to China as far the Military Strength is concerned (1:5) ratio. With that kind of imbalance can India afford to go face to face against China? Not even in dreams. On the other hand Pakistan did not forget J K, Hyderabad Police Action, GOA, Juna Garh, and definitely EAST PAKISTAN. Once Pakistan will find that opportunity, Pakistan will go for it and materialize it to capture as much land as possible. I am sorry to say but India will be devastated
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      Indian
      Jul 28, 2017 at 12:08 pm
      Military Strength of CHINA is of no use in the HIMALAYAS. ........... And India is not the 1962 India under Mr NEHRU but 2017 India led by Mr MODI. ......................... PA-KIS learnt it the hard way at KARGIL of the resolve of BJP GOVT and CHINA will learn it now.
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        H Muḥammad
        Jul 28, 2017 at 12:24 pm
        India is not 1962 India. It's true. But one thing is the same as 1962 India. The distance of New Delphi to China border is the same as the distance of 1962. Pakistan must take back Kashmir!
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          Muhammed Shakoor
          Jul 28, 2017 at 1:43 pm
          H , forget Kashmir hold on to Balouchistan if you can !!!
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            Subhash Chand
            Jul 28, 2017 at 3:52 pm
            You are living in a fools paradise. Pakistan has no history and no future. So better You should vote for merger with Bharat. As far as China is concerned the country is ungrateful to India . It is India who has saved it from devastation by sending Drs during 2nd W W 2 . Now if army is sent to China then who will save it ?
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            prany
            Jul 28, 2017 at 12:57 pm
            Are you a Muslim? It's a shame you support China where Muslims can't observe Ramadan fast, can't keep beards and Muslim women can't wear headscarves! Shame on you. In your blind hatred of India and Hindu you don't realize that the real Kaafirs are the Chinese communists who officially are atheists and hate every religion that believes in God by whichever name the believers call Him. The Communists call people like you as the "useful s". Check their history.
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              Muhammed Shakoor
              Jul 28, 2017 at 1:44 pm
              Wishful thinking What about your country ? You are in danger of loosing Balouchistan and you are talking so much about India ??? Try saving Balouchistan , if you can
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                NPS
                Jul 28, 2017 at 10:25 pm
                Keep on dreaming, but ground reality would never change. Elefant has a very long memory. India will never forget, what happend in the past both China and Pakistan know this fact very well.
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                Chai.Nak.Yen
                Jul 28, 2017 at 11:38 am
                Now that India is a member of the Shanghai group, India should take brahminical efforts to expel China from the group.
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                  Vijay Kumar
                  Jul 28, 2017 at 11:37 am
                  Well said, Ramesh Nittoor sir. Harminder Singh ji, don't loose heart so soon.
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                    Am.I.Right
                    Jul 28, 2017 at 11:36 am
                    If it were the former NSA Shri M K Narayanan Ji(a member of Sanatana Dharma religion), he wouldn't have visited China. He would have simply sent his 'daughter' actress Asin Mol-A to China and easily asked China to withdraw. That is called PIMPLOMACY in which Sanatana Dharmans are experts. He sent her to Sri L a n k a in 2009 and proved his mettle like no other country ever in the history of world.
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                      Jaga
                      Jul 28, 2017 at 10:51 am
                      All major countries and neighbour courtiers of China are against China. What can it do ?
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                        H Muḥammad
                        Jul 28, 2017 at 11:19 am
                        All major countries and neighbour courtiers of India are against India. What can it do ? Pakistan hate India. Bhutan want to be independent. Nepal don't like the control of India. Bengal don't like the control of India. Burma don't like the threat of India over the border. I think India can move to the Mars.
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                          Muhammed Shakoor
                          Jul 28, 2017 at 1:49 pm
                          Indiahates Pakistan, Afghanistan hates Pakistan and Iran hates Pakistan China has conqured Pakistan and you are in grave danger of loosing Balouchistan and Sindh and you are talking so much ?Bhutan and Bengal are very friendly in fact Bengal is being invaded by Muzzies from Bangladesh due to anti-national policies of Mamata Begum This is only a temprory phenomenon. Burma is trying hard to wrest out of China's grip , so dont worry about India Worry about Balouchistan
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                        H Muḥammad
                        Jul 28, 2017 at 9:58 am
                        China should enter Sikkim or Kashmir and start a new standoff. How can India deal with it?
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                          Rahul
                          Jul 28, 2017 at 10:48 am
                          Oh yeah...and who are you?
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                            Jaga
                            Jul 28, 2017 at 10:54 am
                            India will enter into Tibet. America Japan will attack simultaneously with India. What can China do ?
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                              H Muḥammad
                              Jul 28, 2017 at 11:21 am
                              The problem is that US and Japan just want the standoff to be resolved peacefully!
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                              B PAVAN Kumar
                              Jul 28, 2017 at 11:41 am
                              Mohammed it looks you don't have any knowledge, speaking on this issue.
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                                Muhammed Shakoor
                                Jul 28, 2017 at 1:53 pm
                                Then India will enter Tibet Xinghian , Hong Kong and Taiwan India can also use the Dalai card. India will encircle China with Japan, US, Vietnam and other friendly nations. If India decides to give Nuclear weapons and missiles to Vietnam, Taiwan and pesuades Japan and Korea to become nuclear weapons states , how will China deal with it ???
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                                Ome
                                Jul 28, 2017 at 9:10 am
                                China is itself the "Major Problem". With behaviour unbecoming of a Nation and hypocrisy of terrorists China poses a major problem to the entire world. China should learn from the past world wars that it's pretensions and hypocrisy will be rooted out. China's re tion of a duplicitous nation is already know all across the globe.
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                                  Jaga
                                  Jul 28, 2017 at 10:53 am
                                  India will enter into Tibet. America Japan will attack simultaneously with India. What can China do ?
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                                  Politico
                                  Jul 28, 2017 at 8:21 am
                                  Indian maps shall show Tibet as a free country. Government shall encourage private sector, schools and university to show Tibet and Xinjiang as free countries, annexed by China. Muslim world will be happy to see Xinjiang as a free country, Khomeini and Pakistani dictators will be forced to support their cause and eat their chinese spit.
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