hina and India are likely to hold a bilateral meeting between National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval and Chinese state councilor Yang Jiechi on the sidelines of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) NSAs in Beijing, according to reports.
Although the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang did not confirm whether the two would meet, at earlier meetings of BRICS NSAs, the tradition has been maintained that officials hold bilateral talks.
The meeting is scheduled for July 27-28.
But, in light of the current standoff at Doklam, a conflicted territory between India, China, and Bhutan, Beijing has ruled out any talks over the row until Indian troops withdraw from the area.
Despite the border conflicts that India and China are involved in, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished the Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang on their respective birthdays through his page on Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.
On June 15, Modi had greeted his Chinese counterpart on his birthday and said, “I met him in Astana SCO summit a few days ago, and we had an effective talk on how to develop Sino-India relationship.”
The prime minister has written on Weibo six times since the border standoff between the two neighbouring countries began in June.
When Modi wished Jinping, as many as 1,089 Chinese responded with comments to his posts and some of them on Doklam saying, “Narendra Modi, you should call for the complete withdrawal of troops now!”
Courtesy: Times Now