New Delhi, July 27: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is in Beijing to attend a 2-day BRICS summit starting Thursday. With neither country backing off at the border, all attention will be on Doval's meeting with Chinese State Councillor. Doval will also make a courtesy call on Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday.
The visit comes in the backdrop of ongoing standoff between India and China in the Doklam region. MEA Sources said that NSA Doval is expected to hold separate talks with China's State Councilor Yang Jiechi on the standoff issue on the sidelines of the meeting. Doval and Yang are Special Representatives of the India-China border mechanism.
Doval will also call on Chinese President Xi Jinping tomorrow along with top security officials of the BRICS countries. The group of NSAs will call on the Chinese President for an interaction on security issues relating to BRICS countries.
While China and India have not ruled out the possibility of talks between Doval and his Chinese counterpart, a Chinese tabloid has said that Doval's visit is most certainly not an opportunity to settle the standoff. It has added that Doval is the main schemer of the Doklam standoff.
India has told China that the latter's stand on Doklam is against bilateral understandings on boundary issue. Indian and Chinese soldiers have been locked in a face-off at Doklam in Sikkim sector for over a month after Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area. Presently, the Doklam Plateau is occupied by both the Chinese People's Liberation Army and the Indian Army soldiers.
Notably, China has been expanding its territory aggressively, encouraging population settlements in the disputed areas. Speaking about the standoff between Chinese and Indian troops in Doklam, Sikkim, Chinese foreign minister said that India should withdraw its troops. Earlier, it was reported that China had moved heavy military equipment into Tibet's mountain regions, a move that hints at China's threatening military posture.