A Chinese analyst has said that the National Security Adviser Ajit Doval’s visit to Beijing may be the key step to ease tensions between India and China with regards to Doklam, the article was published in The Global Times a few days before Doval is expected to pay a visit to China. He will go to China to attend a meeting of NSAs from BRICS countries in Beijing on July 27-28, hosted by his Chinese counterpart and State Councillor Yang Jiechi, as per Indian Express. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend the summit, as per PTI.
Ma Jiali, who is a research fellow at China Reform Forum thinktank, wrote the meeting would be an opportunity to ease India-China tensions that have been brewing for some time now over the standoff at Doklam in Sikkim sector. The analyst 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. The author also noted that it can severely damage the relations between the two nations if an agreement is not achieved between the two sides at the meeting. The piece in The Global Times, the mouthpiece of the Communist Party media group, which generally reflects the views of the ruling party has unleashed a barrage of anti-India rhetoric in recent weeks amid tensions between the two countries, as per PTI
According to reports, the two sides have held 19 rounds of boundary talks to resolve their differences. Doval and Yang may have informal talks to resolve the standoff in Doklam, Chinese officials have said. The military standoff in Bhutan is still going on even after a month it began. The tensions have escalated after Chinese troops were prohibited by Indian soldiers from building a road in the disputed area. Meanwhile, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said in the Parliament, “We are willing to talk, but both sides have to first take back their armies.”