Annual meeting between India and China has been delayed

The annual meeting between special representatives from India and China to discuss border issues has been delayed.

Accordinfg to sources, the meeting was supposed to be held this month between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and State Councillor and foreign minister Wang Yi.

The delay has been due to the Indian side asking for a rescheduling of the meeting. It is not yet clear why India has asked for the change in dates.

In October, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will be meeting for the second informal summit at Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu. Therefore, this meeting is also seen as an agenda-setter for the leaders’ discussions.

China and India have recently had a spat over the change in the constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir. China had complained about the carving out of Ladakh as a union territory, which Beijing has said was a violation of border agreements. India has ticked off China for commenting on an “internal matter” of another country.

This friction was carried on to the United Nations in New York. China’s backing has been crucial for the UN Security Council to discuss Kashmir for the first time in over 50 years.

In his welcome address, the new Chinese ambassador to India, Sun Weidong has said that for neighbours and major countries, differences are hard to avoid. The key is to properly handle them. Theye should look at issues with rationality, put them in the bigger picture, reduce differences through consultation, settle disputes through dialogue, promote peace through development, and enhance mutual trust through cooperation. He has termed peace as a “precondition for development”.

He said that without peace, it is difficult to achieve economic growth, improvement of people’s livelihoods, and social stability.

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