Ajit Doval’s challenge in Beijing: Balancing the four Cs

This week, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval is expected to visit Beijing for the 19th round of the Special Representative talks, which now cover the original subject —­ the border dispute — as well as the gamut of economic and political relations between the two countries.

His visit on Wednesday (April 13) will follow that of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who will be in China from Monday. While Parrikar will focus on the military–to–military ties, especially the follow–on of the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement, Doval will look at wider strategic issues, which includes the border dispute. However, the Indian side is currently cut up over the hold that has been placed on India’s application in the UN Security Council committee to have Jaish–e–Muhammad chief Masood Azhar designated as an international terrorist. China is a member of the Council.

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