NSA Doval busy dousing Pathankot fire, cancels visit to China


In the aftermath of the terror attack hitting the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot, killing seven Indian soldiers, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s visit to China, which was expected to start January 5, has been put off

The visit has been put off due to scheduling problems, said a Chinese Foreign Ministry official. Mr Doval’s visit will be rescheduled as he is preoccupied with the handling of the Pathankot incident.  Mr Doval, who is also India’s Special Representative for India-China boundary talks, was due to visit Beijing on a two-day visit during which he was scheduled to hold talks with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi on key bilateral issues, including the border dispute.

So far, the two countries have held 18 rounds of border talks, but without a breakthrough.  

“China and India have strengthened cooperation on security issues, including solving the border dispute through talks,” Fu Xiaoqiang, an expert on South Asian studies at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, said. The two Asian giants have agreed to hold regular talks to enhance discussions on security issues at different levels.

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