Sunday, October 16, 2016

Telling scuffle at Goa airport

Benaulim : India and China on Saturday agreed to hold a series of urgent meetings to try and reduce growing tensions and mistrust - over Pakistan, and New Delhi's global aspirations - reflected in two altercations involving their security personnel.

Chinese state councillor Yang Jiechi, the country's de facto national security adviser, will visit New Delhi soon for talks with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval amid sharp differences over Beijing's refusal to allow UN sanctions against Pakistan-based terrorist Masood Azhar. India blames Azhar's Jaish-e-Mohammed, a proscribed group, for the September 18 Uri attack.

Chinese President Xi Jinping also promised Prime Minister Narendra Modi today that Beijing was ready to host the second round of bilateral negotiations over India's bid to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group - which China has opposed.

But neither on Azhar's proscription nor on India's NSG bid did Xi and the Chinese delegation indicate any softening of their position, beyond a willingness to talk, senior officials familiar with the discussions told The Telegraph .

The meeting between Modi and Xi, originally scheduled for 40 minutes, extended to twice that time - in part because of translations on both sides breaking the conversation, but also because their differences remained intact.
15/10/16 Telegraph