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Ajit Doval to visit China, to hold border talks

During his visit to Beijing, Doval will also call on Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday

BS Reporter 

Ajit Doval
Ajit Doval

India's Security Advisor (NSA) will visit next week, to hold informal talks with his Chinese counterpart to discuss the and other strategic issues.

Doval, who is also the special representative for Sino-India border talks, will also hold informal dialogue with his Chinese counterpart and state councillor Yang Jiechi on Tuesday, during which both officials would review the progress made on the border issue.

During his visit to Beijing, Doval will also call on Chinese Premier on Wednesday. India and have, so far, held 18 round of talks to resolve the dispute along the 3,488-km long border. Besides the annual dialogue on the border, the special representatives will also meet informally to review the progress and discuss a host of strategic issues concerning bilateral relations, including issues related to the neighbourhood.

The developments come as seeks to deepen its engagement with countries in South Asia, which in turn has raised concerns in India.

For its part, China says the is concerned only to the eastern sector especially Arunachal Pradesh, which it claims to be part of southern Tibet, while India asserts that the dispute includes the western sector, especially the area occupied by China in the 1962 war.

First Published: Mon, January 04 2016. 00:15 IST