Doval to Head China Border Talks

China wants better relations with India
  • National security advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval has been named special representative (SR) for the boundary talks with China.
  • A statement from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), announcing the appointment said Doval would:conduct boundary negotiations and strategic consultations with China.
  • This arrangement will be part of NSA's overall assignment.
  • The Chinese side is represented by state councillor Yang Jiechi.
  • India and China have held 17 rounds of boundary negotiations but remain far from an agreement.
  • The last round was held in February in Delhi between former NSA Shivshankar Menon and Yang Jie chi.
  • The official explanation is that the two sides are working on the framework of a settlement which is taking time.
  • India has been racing to keep up with China's formidable infrastructure in the border areas, including raising a mountain strike corps.
  • At a recent seminar in Delhi, Doval said:We have got to see its consequences, particularly if it is passing through areas in PoK which is close to our border and actually that is our own territory.
  • Doval also added:It is a matter of which strategic view and strategic cognizance needs to be taken and I think the government should prepare itself for possible consequences.
  • While the two countries remain far apart on resolving the boundary question, there has been greater convergence between the two sides on other security issues in the regional context.
  • Brahmaputra dam won't hurt NE:
  • China on Monday promised to take “full account“ of concerns about its new hydropower dam on the Brahmaputra in the river's downstream areas,
  • The dam will not come in the way of flood-prevention efforts undertaken in downstream areas.
  • China had announced the completion of the first phase of construction on the 500MW Zangmu hydroelectricity dam on the Brahmaputra in its Tibetan region across the Indian border.
  • This is one of five dams China has planned on the river, which is called Yarlung Zangbo in Tibet.
  • The hydropower stations that China has built will not affect flood prevention and ecological systems of downstream areas.
  • India has repeatedly expressed concerns that intense dam-building activity on the Brahmaputra would make downstream areas, vulnerable to flash floods.
  • Besides, the dams will give China the powers of a `water tap manager' in the river's upstream areas.
  • India's position is especially vulnerable since it has no water treaty with China .
  • Hua said China was in full “cooperation and communication“ with the downstream areas.