PM to appoint emissary for boundary row talks

PM to appoint emissary for boundary row talks

India and China are expected to hold the next round of boundary negotiations soon, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi likely to appoint new special representative to carry on parleys with his counterpart from the neighbouring country.

Modi is likely to convey to Chinese President Xi Jinping in New Delhi on Thursday that India would continue to pursue the boundary negotiations led by the special representatives of the two countries.

The special representatives of the two countries had last met in New Delhi on February 10 to hold the 17th round of negotiation to resolve the protracted boundary dispute.
Though his predecessors A B Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh had designated their National Security Advisors as special representatives for India-China talks on the boundary dispute, Modi is likely to appoint a retired diplomat for the job.

Modi’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, a former Intelligence Bureau chief, went to Beijing recently for preparations for the Chinese President’s visit.

But, according to sources, he may not be appointed special representative for boundary negotiations with China, as the prime minister wants a seasoned diplomat with experience of handling New Delhi’s relations with Beijing to do the job.

Doval’s predecessors Brajesh Mishra, J N Dikshit and Shiv Shankar Menon were special representatives for the boundary negotiations with China during the tenure of Vajpayee and Singh.

After the change of regime in China in November 2012, Yang Jiechi, the State Councilor of the communist country, succeeded his predecessor Dai Bingguo as the special representative of Beijing. Yang is a member of the delegation accompanying Xi to India.
India and China have since 2003 been pursuing talks at the level of special representatives to resolve the boundary dispute.

After five rounds of parleys, the two special representatives reached an agreement on the political parameters and guiding principles for settlement of the dispute.
They have since been engaged in talks on a framework, which will be followed by actual demarcation of the border.

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