New Delhi, July 27: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, who is representing India at the BRICS’ NSA meet in Beijing, held talks with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi. The two NSAs discussed “major problems and bilateral issues”, apart from regional and multilateral matters, reported China’s state news agency Xinhua.
The meeting between Doval and Jiechi comes in the backdrop of the escalating Sino-Indian tensions at the Sikkim border, where the two armies are locked in stand-off over the control of Doklam plateau, lying at the trijunction with Bhutan.
Both Doval and Jiechi are Special Representatives of the India-China Border Mechanism. The two officials are mandated to discuss the sensitive border sharing issues between the two nations. However, no official word was issued whether they deliberated on the Doklam dispute in the meeting held today. ALSO READ: India committed to find an amicable resolution in Doklam: Govt
Ahead of Doval’s visit, China’s state-run tabloid Global Times said Beijing would not be discussing the Doklam dispute with the Indian NSA. Instead, the publication described Doval as the “main schemer” of the tensions prevailing in Donglang (Doklam).
“It would be damaging to both countries and regional stability if India cannot use its reason and wisdom to avoid the military collision both countries are currently on course for,” the editorial added.
Though China continued to maintain that there won’t be a meaningful dialogue without the withdrawal of Indian troops, the Chinese foreign ministry has hinted of a bilateral meeting between Doval and Yang which is part of the tradition of BRICS NSAs meeting.
About the BRICS NSAs meeting, Lu told media that “the meeting on security issues is a major platform for BRICS countries to discuss and conduct cooperation in politics and security fields”.
“It bears great significance for these countries to strengthen strategic communication, enhance political mutual trust and elevate their impact on global affairs,” Lu said. He said that discussions will be held on topics including global governance, anti-terrorism, internet security and energy security, as well as major international and regional hotspot issues.
(With inputs from PTI)