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New Indian envoy presents his credentials to Xi

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

India's new envoy to Gautam Bambawale today submitted his credentials to President Xi Jinping, a formality which would enable him to officially function as the Ambassador.

Xi received the credentials of Bambawale, and 10 other envoys, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, the state-run Xinhua agency reported.


The Chinese President welcomed the ambassadors to and asked them to convey his sincere greetings and good wishes to the leaders and people of their countries.

The Chinese will provide convenience and support for the work of the ambassadors, Xi said, adding that he hopes they will actively contribute to bilateral relations between and their countries.

Xi said will enhance mutual political trust, promote practical cooperation, deepen cooperation in international affairs, achieve common development with the countries and contribute to world peace, stability, the report said.

Bambawale, a seasoned diplomat, arrived here last month.

Till recently, he served as High Commissioner to Pakistan and earlier as India's envoy to Bhutan.

A 1984-batch Foreign Service (IFS) officer, Bambawale succeeded Vijay Gokhale who took over as Secretary (Economic Relations) at the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

A deft hand in Sino-relations, Bambawale earlier handled the desk at the MEA which also included relations with Japan, China, South Korea, Mongolia and North Korea.

A Mandarin-speaker, he had also served as the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Indian Embassy in earlier.

He came ahead of and resuming a high-level dialogue this month after Xi assumed his second five-year term after an endorsement by the National Congress of the ruling Communist Party in October this year.

Bambawale's posting here came at a time when the two neighbours are trying to put behind the Dokalam standoff, and work on a "forward-looking" approach in their ties.

The Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is to take part in the Russia, and (RIC) dialogue mechanism, expected to be held in Delhi on December 11.

During the visit, he is also expected to hold talks with his Indian counterpart, Sushma Swaraj and meet top Indian leadership, officials said here.

Following the RIC dialogue, the 20th round of India- border talks will be held in Delhi between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi.

Both Doval and Yang have been designated as 'Special Representatives' who are also mandated to discuss all issues related to India-relations.

For the first time after the Doklam standoff, the two countries held their border consultation and coordination mechanism meeting here last month during which they reviewed the situation in all sectors of their border and exchanged views on confidence building measures and military contacts.

The 10th round of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-Border Affairs (WMCC) was held in on November 17.

The India-border dispute covers the 3488-km long Line of Actual Control (LAC). claims Arunachal Pradesh as Southern Tibet while asserts that the dispute covered Aksai Chin area which was occupied by during 1962 war.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, December 05 2017. 16:25 IST
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