However, the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay, did not confirm the visit
Amid the ongoing Doklam standoff with China, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval is expected to visit Beijing for the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) NSAs meeting scheduled to take place on 26 and 27 July. The meeting will be hosted by his Chinese counterpart, State Councillor Yang Jiechi, reports Indian Express.
However, the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay, did not confirm the visit, but said, “We have diplomatic channels available. We have embassies in both countries. Those channels will continue to be used.” He also refused to comment on the recent unofficial conversation between PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Germany’s Hamburg last week. “I would leave it to your imagination and common sense to summarise what can be covered in the range of issues,” he said.
Meanwhile, China has rejected the Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar’s view that the two countries can resolve the current faceoff like they have done it in the past. China has said the situation is different this time.
China and India have been engaged in a standoff in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan tri-junction for over three weeks after a Chinese Army’s construction party attempted to build a road.
Doklam is part of the Chumbi Valley that lies primarily in Tibet. Doka La is a pass between Doklam and Sikkim.
In 2015, China had also reiterated its stand on McMohan Line and called it illegal. The McMahon Line is a line demarcating the border between Northeast India and Tibet proposed by Henry MacMahon at the 1914 Simla Convention, which was considered invalid by both Tibetans and Chinese government. At present, it is the effective boundary between China and India.