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China announces Khurshid visit

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid’s visit to China on May 9 is “on track”,government sources told The Indian Express on Friday,although the progress in dialogue to end the stand-off in Ladakh is not satisfactory.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid’s visit to China on May 9 is “on track”,government sources told The Indian Express on Friday,although the progress in dialogue to end the stand-off in Ladakh is not satisfactory.

The view in Delhi is that since the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced the dates of the visit on Friday itself,a cancellation of the visit at this stage will be seen as an escalatory posture. South Block is determined not to escalate the situation further and instead,resolve the issue peacefully and amicably through bilateral conversation.

Speculation about a possible cancellation mounted on Friday night as Khurshid,on his way to Tehran for a three-day visit,said India would have liked “much better response” from China and was non-committal to the visit. “What will happen tomorrow,one can’t predict today,” he told the onboard media when asked about next week’s visit to Beijing.

Khurshid stressed that India wanted reversal of “adverse incident” in Ladakh and return to the status quo in Depsang valley where the Chinese troops intruded.

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“We haven’t reviewed at this stage. We have not found it necessary. We have not…reached at that stage to review,” Khurshid said when asked whether his scheduled visit to Beijing is under review.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced on Friday the visit of Khurshid to Beijing on May 9 and said both nations are committed to resolving the dispute over the presence of PLA troops in Depsang valley in Ladakh through talks without letting it to “affect” bilateral ties.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told media briefing in Beijing that during Khurshid’s visit,the two sides will have in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations as well as issues of common interests. “We would like to make joint efforts with India to boost China-India strategic cooperative partnership through this visit,” she said.

Noting that Khurshid’s visit “represents one of the major high level interactions between China and India this year”,Hua said the two sides are trying to resolve the differences over People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troop presence as Daulat Beg Oldi in Ladakh region.

(with PTI inputs)