Indo-China Boundary Talks: Beijing May Name New Emissary

China may appoint a new interlocutor or special representative for boundary talks with India after the 19th party congress of the Communist Party of China next week, a decision that will lead to the first edition of dialogue since resolution of the Doklam stand-off. Yang Jiechi, China’s state councillor and special representative for boundary talks with India, may retire after the party Congress, according to experts who have followed the subject.

There are reports that Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi is among the frontrunners to succeed Yang. National security advisor Ajit Doval, taking over from his predecessor SS Menon, has been India’s special representative for boundary negotiations with China since November 2014. He and Yang have held two rounds of negotiations so far—the 18th round in Delhi in 2015 and the 19th round in Beijing in 2016. Read More…

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