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NSA Doval holds talks with China's top CPC official

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

today held talks with the top of China's ruling Jiechi in during which both sides agreed to maintain the pace of high-level exchanges after last year's Dokalam standoff.

Doval's visit was "part of regular high-level engagements between and China," an press release here said.

"The discussions covered a wide agenda spanning bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest. The two sides agreed to maintain the pace of high-level exchanges, with a view to fully realise the potential of closer development partnership between and China," it said.

and are due to be in on April 24 to attend different meetings of the Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and interact with their counterparts on the sidelines.

The eight-member SCO in which is the latest entrant along with is due to hold its summit in the Chinese city of in June in which is due to take part and hold talks with Chinese

The two officials met in instead of as Yang, who is the of besides a member of the ruling of China, preferred to hold it there as he is on his way back from China's province after attending the Boao Forum for Asia, sources said.

Both Doval and are Special Representatives for India-boundary talks representing their respective countries.

Till last month was the of the CPC, a top diplomatic post in the Chinese hierarchy. He was replaced by Wang will hold the dual posts of and in a major reshuffle of top officials.

This is the second meeting between Doval and Yang after the 73-day Dokalam standoff.

Yang attended the 20th round of boundary talks between the two countries in last December during which both sides decided to reset ties with more interactions.

India-Special Representatives' meetings carry considerable significance as they are mandated to discuss all aspects of bilateral relations besides the border dispute, providing a general policy direction to ties.

After Yang's visit to New Delhi, visited in February and held talks with top Chinese officials.

The SCO comprises of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and

Ahead of the summit, the organisation which focused on anti-terrorism cooperation is holding a host of ministerial and officials' meetings to work out a firm agenda for the summit to provide a new direction to the organisation.

SCO foreign and defence ministers' meetings are also scheduled for April 24, according to officials here.

Both sides attach lot of significance to these meetings to reset ties as they are taking place after Xi has commenced his second-five-year tenure last month with the prospect of continuing in power for life following the removal of two-term limit for by Parliament, making him the most powerful Chinese in recent times.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 17:30 IST