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    Crucial India-China Meeting Ahead to Discuss Anti-Terror Cooperation

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    China’s policy of blocking India’s attempts to impose UN sanctions on Pakistani based terrorist leaders is expected to dominate talks between their special representatives’ upcoming meet in New Delhi.

    New Delhi (Sputnik) — India and China have initiated efforts to iron out differences prompted by the major fallout that followed China's move to block India's attempt to designate Islamist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad as a terrorist organization by the United Nations Security Council earlier this year.

    China's state counselor Yang Jeichi is scheduled to visit New Delhi in the coming few days to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi's National Security Advisor Ajit Doval in what is being described as discussion on irritants in bilateral relations. The two leaders are their countries' respective special representatives for negotiations on boundary issues and strategic consultations.

    The visit holds very much importance in the wake up of the recent exchange of words over the visit of US ambassador Richard Verma to Arunachal Pradesh on October 21 this month. China had registered its reservation about this visit. "The place he (Richard Verma) visited is disputed. We are strongly opposed to the US senior diplomat attending activities in the disputed areas along the China-India borderline," Lu Kang, China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, said.

    "What the US did, which runs counter to the hard work by China and India, will only complicate the issue, sabotage the hard-won peace and tranquility in the China-India border areas, and disrupt peace and stability of the region. We urge the US to stop meddling in the territorial disputes between China and India, and do more to enhance regional peace and stability," Lu Kang said.

    According to sources, the upcoming meeting will mainly focus on India's concerns over China's attempts to shield leaders of terrorist groups based in Pakistan. India has time and again stressed that China should cooperate with India on the fight against terrorism as no country is immune to the menace.

    In April this year, India moved a fresh plea in the United Nations Security Council seeking sanctions against Jaish-e-Mohammad Chief Masood Azhar. However, due to China's opposition the UNSC panel was forced to keep decision on the plea "technical hold" for six months initially and again for three months.

     

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