Gautam H Bambawale has been appointed as the next ambassador to the People’s Republic of China today by the Centre. He is presently High Commissioner of India to Pakistan. Bambawale is an expert on China. In the past, Bambawale has worked in Germany and the US. In 2007, he became the first Consul General of India in Guangzhou, China. Bambawale had served as Indian ambassador to Bhutan. Before Bhutan, he had served as the Joint Secretary in the foreign ministry from December, 2009 to July, 2014, as per India Today. At that time he was responsible for relations with China, Japan and South Korea, among others. While joining as Indian ambassador to Pakistan he replaced TCA Raghavan.
Bambawale replaces Vijay Gokhale, who is currently the Indian envoy to China. He is a 1984 Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer and is expected to take up the assignment shortly, the ministry said. Bambawale opted to learn Mandarin Chinese as his foreign language and served in Hong Kong and Beijing between 1985 and 1991.
He was at first the desk officer for China in the Ministry of External Affairs and served as director in the Americas Division of the ministry, responsible for relations with the US and Canada (1993-94). Bambawale has also functioned as the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Indian Embassy in Beijing. His appointment comes at a time when India and China are trying to put behind the Doklam standoff, and work on a “forward-looking” approach in their ties, as per PTI.