Wang Yi appointed as China's State Councillor, will become key negotiator with India on border issue

Beijing: China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi will now be its key negotiator with India on the vexed border issue after Beijing promoted him to the post of State Councillor, the country's top diplomat, it was announced on Monday.

Wang succeeds Yang Jiechi, China's senior-most diplomat, who until now was the country's Special Representative on border talks with India. He will also remain the Foreign Minister. The decision was taken at the ongoing annual session of China's parliament.

Wang will talk to India's National Security Adviser Ajit Doval who is its Special Representative on boundary talks.

File image of Chinese foreign minister Wang YI. AP

File image of Chinese foreign minister Wang YI. AP

China and India by far have held 20 rounds of talks on their 3,448-km disputed border. The countries fought a war in 1962 and have seen their armies cross into each other's territories due to the different perceptions of the boundary.

Wang repeatedly slammed India during the 73-day military stand-off at Doka La in the eastern sector of their border in 2017. The crisis was resolved in August.

Wang, however, struck a positive tone about Sino-India ties while addressing the media on the sidelines of China's annual parliament session. Wang said if China and India were united then one plus will be equivalent to 11, a remark welcomed by India and answered in the similar tone.

India's Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale met Wang in February who had a meeting with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Wang had previously served as China's envoy to Japan and worked at the Asia desk of the Chinese foreign ministry.

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Updated Date: Mar 19, 2018 11:31:58 IST

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