Ajit Doval to visit China for meeting of BRICS NSAs, Sikkim standoff on agenda

New Delhi: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will visit China for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) National Security Agency (NSA) meet later this month.

Doval, who is the Special Representative for the India-China border talks, is expected to visit Beijing on July 26 to attend the meeting of the NSAs.

During his visit, issues like resolving the row at the Dokalam area in Sikkim will be discussed.

China and India have been engaged in the standoff in the Doklam area near the Bhutan tri-junction for the past three weeks after a Chinese Army’s construction party attempted to build a road. Indian troops stopped road construction by Chinese soldiers on June 16.

New Delhi on Thursday said India will use diplomatic channels with China to resolve Dokalam standoff and will not compromise on the issue.

“We have diplomatic channels available. We have embassies in both countries. Those channels will continue to be used,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay had said on Thursday when asked about the nearly month-long stand off in Dokalam.

Doval’s visit to China comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany earlier this month.

Addressing the press conference on Thursday, Baglay had refused to give details on the talks between Modi and Xi, and said, “There was a conversation between them. There were a range of issues that was the subject matter of that conversation.”