Even after having a daylong meeting, India and China are no closer to finding common ground on key points of difference, including Chinese support in stopping the UN sanctioning of Jaish-e-Mohammed supremo Masood Azhar. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval hosted Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi for talks in Hyderabad on Friday. This was apparently the senior Chinese official’s third visit to India within two months – Yang participated in the BRICS National Security Advisors meeting and accompanied Chinese President Xi Jinping to the summit in Goa.
According to the press release from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, both senior officials agreed that ‘forthcoming high level engagement in counter-terrorism field is yet another manifestation of growing convergence of views of two countries on this pressing challenge facing international community.’
The Chinese news agency Xinhua, quoting from the Chinese foreign ministry press release, said that Doval committed that India was ‘willing to properly manage and address differences with Beijing to promote mutual benefit and win-win, as well as common development of the two countries.’
The reference to ‘growing convergence’ in the Indian press note was striking, especially since China has put a hold on the listing of Azhar at the UN Security Council panel.