Indo-China boundary talks: Beijing may name new emissary

New DELHI, Oct 12: 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.
However, the 20th round to be held in India has not yet been scheduled even as the two sides had decided to conduct dialogue this year.
The party congress (held every five years) will convene in Beijing on October 18 and is all set to endorse a second five-year term for Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Agencies)