Ajit Doval, Wang hold talks, Beijing refers to Galwan, says ‘big picture’ of ties key

Written by Shubhajit Roy
| New Delhi |

Updated: July 7, 2020 7:30:38 am

Ajit Doval and Wang Yi are the designated Special Representatives of the two countries for the boundary talks. (File photo: Twitter/MEA)

Signalling movement in efforts to resolve the military standoff along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke to each other Sunday and “agreed” it was “necessary to ensure at the earliest complete disengagement of troops along the LAC” and “de-escalation from India-China border areas for full restoration of peace and tranquillity”.

Doval and Wang are Special Representatives for the boundary talks, and have met in 2018 and 2019. The decision to activate the NSA-led SR mechanism was taken because South Block felt that Wang needs to be reached out at a higher level than before — from the Chinese perspective.

The last publicly announced conversation between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Wang on June 17 was frosty in nature – it was two days after the June 15 incident in Galwan Valley in which 20 Indian Army personnel were killed in clashes with Chinese troops.

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