February 19, 2020 | 10:30 AM IST
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India-China SR meet postponed due to scheduling constraints

India-China boundary talks scheduled for September 9-10 have been put on indefinite hold after Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Tuesday asked the Chinese counterpart Wang Yi to reschedule his visit. However, there has been no official word from either Delhi or Beijing in this regard.

The meeting between the two designated Special Representatives (SR) was fixed after China raised concerns over Ladhak’s new status as Union Territory which is on the Line of Actual Control. However, confirmed reports state that Yi will be in Pakistan on Saturday to discuss the Pakistan-Afghanistan-China trilateral meeting and leave for Kathmandu, Nepal on Sunday.

It may be recollected that China pushed for an informal closed-door session of UN Security Council on the Kashmir issue at the behest of Pakistan and even raked up the issue of the status of Aksai Chin, a territory which Beijing illegally occupies in Ladakh. There is an India-China border dispute covering 3,488 km-long Line of Actual Control. While China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of Southern Tibet, India says it is part of it.

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