Chinese NSA meets separately with counterparts from S Africa, Brazil, India

| | New Delhi

With India and China at loggerheads in the Dokalam area, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval met his Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi  on Thursday. Both Doval and Yang are Special Representatives of the India-China border talks mechanism. Doval is in China to attend the two-day Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) NSAs' meeting hosted by Yang.

According to reports from Xinhua news agency, Yang met separately with senior security representatives from South Africa, Brazil and India and exchanged views with the three senior representatives on bilateral relations, international, regional issues and multilateral affairs, and set forth China's position on bilateral issues and major problems.

However, no details of the meeting were given out either by the Chinese side or Indian though Xinhua added that Doval, South African Minister of State Security David Mahlobo, and Brazilian Institutional Security Minister Sergio Etchegoyen said they expect to further strengthen the partnership under the BRICS mechanism, expand cooperation in broader areas, and promote peace and development in the world. India continued to maintain that diplomatic channels were functional to resolve the ongoing standoff in Dokalam in the Sikkim sector.

Meanwhile, despite its differences on the borders, the Ministry of External Affairs said that India would like to strengthen its closer development partnership with China by improving economic cooperation and people to people contact. The MEA added that relation between India and China are not only significant for these two countries but also for the world, the region and together they are the factor of stability.

The statement by MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay came after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in a reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha said that India is seeking closer development partnership with China. Interestingly, a commentary in Xinhua on Wednesday lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his "open foreign economic policy."

Baglay said that the idea of close development partnership between India and China was established during the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to India in September 2014. "And India would like to do so based on the consensus reached by Modi and Xi at a meeting in Astana on June 8, 2017, on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meet.

The Astana Consensus had two components. One, relations between India and China are significant not only for these two countries but also for the world, the region. They are the factor of stability. The second component was that the differences between the two countries should be addressed in such a manner that they do not become disputes," Baglay said. He added that based on these two components India would like to proceed in developing closer development partnership with China.

In this regard the spokesperson also mentioned that the development partnership have several aspects including economic cooperation and people to people contacts.

 "Both India and China agree that strong people to people contacts enhances mutual trust and understanding and it provides a durable foundation for continuous development of bilateral partnership," Baglay said.

Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Bandaru Dattatreya, attended the BRICS Labour and Employment Ministers' Meet, held on July 26-27 at Chonqging in China.



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