India, China special representatives talks on April 20, Masood issue may figure

India, China special representatives talks on April 20, Masood issue may figure

NEW DELHI: India and China will hold next round of Special Representatives talks on April 20 during which National Security Adviser Ajit Doval is expected to raise the issue of China blocking move to get Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar designated as international terrorist.
The two-day talks in Beijing, 19th round of such parleys, will focus on boundary and strategic issues, offi¬cial sources said here today.
Doval, who is the Special Repre¬sentative for Sino-India boundary talks, will hold talks with his Chi¬nese counterpart Yang Jiechi. He is also expected to meet Chinese Pre¬mier Li Keqiang.
At the 19th round of SR talks, the two sides are expected to review the status of the situation on the border and ways to maintain peace and tranquility there, the sources said.
“We want to move forward,” a senior official said here about the ties with China.
The talks are taking place in the backdrop of China blocking at the UN India’s move to get Jaish-e-Mo¬hammad chief designated as inter¬national terrorist. Doval is expected to raise this issue with Yang.
Last week, China stopped UN sanctions committee from designat¬ing Azhar as terrorist, maintaining that the case “did not meet the re¬quirements” of the Security Council.
This round of SR talks was ear¬lier scheduled to be held in Janu¬ary but was postponed because of Pathankot terror attack on Janu¬ary one.
The last round of talks was held in March last year after which it was reported that Doval and Yang “exchanged in depth their opin¬ions on the boundary issue” and made “strategic communications” on bilateral ties as well as interna¬tional and regional issues of com¬mon interest.
The SR talks are designed not only to address the boundary ques¬tion but also to facilitate exchange of views on subjects of common in¬terest in regional and international developments.

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