India asks Chinese foreign minister to reschedule trip

India has rescheduled Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi’s September 9 visit for talks on the boundary issue with national security adviser Ajit Doval. While there is no official confirmation yet, sources said it was the Indian government that sought a change in dates.
There is official silence on the reason for the postponement of the talks.

Wang is the special representative for the boundary talks. These talks were scheduled when foreign minister visited Beijing in mid-August as the government, going out of its way, deputed S Jaishankar to apprise the Chinese side of India’s decision to downgrade Article 370.

Despite that, China went ahead to call for a special UN Security Council informal meeting on Kashmir. Had China had its way, it would have been a full blown meeting with a formal statement by the UNSC. It took a concerted pushback by other UN Security Council members to keep it informal and without a statement.
But the Chinese ambassador, Zhang Yun actually read out his country’s statement as if it were the sense of the council.

Wang has gone to North Korea, following which he is slated to be in Islamabad on Saturday. China, Pakistan and Afghanistan are to hold trilateral discussions on the peace process. He was to then arrive in India on Monday .

Official sources in Beijing had said that China had proposed some “early harvest proposals” on the boundary settlement. Chinese president Xi Jinping is scheduled to visit India in October for the second round of an informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

On Tuesday, the new Chinese ambassador said in his welcome remarks: “For neighbours and major countries, differences are hard to avoid. The key is to properly handle them. We should look at issues with rationality, put them in the bigger picture, reduce differences through consultation, settle disputes through dialogue, promote peace through development, and enhance mutual trust through cooperation.”

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