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Tuesday, 25 July 2017



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            Amid deteriorating China-India ties, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is all set to visit China even as beijing continues to ratchet up its rhetoric against New Delhi on the Doka La standoff.  Doval, who will be travelling to Beijing to attend a BRICS meeting on 27 and 28 July, will be the fourth Indian emissary to be engaging with the chinese since the ri-junction dispute broke out at the India-China-Bhutanese border, spurred by the dispute oer a road being built by china.  Human resources development minister prakash Javadekar, minister of state for tourism Mahesh Sharma and health minister JP Nadda have visited China for BRICS related meetings earlier this moth according ro Livwminrl.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too, came face to face with Chinese president Xi Jinping at the GBRICS leaders meeting.
            However, none of the interactions were closely watched as Doval's strategic visit, which analysts noted could cool off the increased hostilities.  Ma Jiali, a Chinese analyst who specialises in India- China studies, said:  China would lodge solemn representation with the Indian side during Doval's visit, hoping it could take measures to ease the tension.  India may make some requests as a bargaining chip for its pulling out troops," according to Busi9ness Standard.  Indian side too will keenly watch Doval's visit, as the border standoff escalates in the Northeastern state of Sikkim and the domestic politics warms up around the issue.
               However, there's much more underlying importance attached to the NSA's visit than meets the eye, given the stakes involved.

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