Ahead of National Security Adviser Ajit Doval’s visit to Beijing on July 27-28, a Chinese analyst has opined that Doval’s visit may help resolve the standoff between India and China over the Doklam border issue. Doval will be visiting China to attend a meeting of NSAs from BRICS countries. BRICS comprises member countries Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The meeting is being hosted by China’s NSA and State Councilor Yang Jiechi. According to the Chinese analyst, Ma Jiali, whose article was published in The Global Times, the BRICS meeting will provide an opportunity for India and China to ease the tension in Doklam. Ma Jiali is a research fellow at China Reform Forum think-tank.
Ma holds a specialization in India-China studies and he said that if the Doklam issue is not resolved through dialogue, it could damage bilateral ties between the two countries. “China would lodge solemn representation with the Indian side during Doval’s visit, hoping it could take measures to ease the tension. India may make some requests as a bargaining chip for its pulling out troops,” Ma said. The core issue in Doklam is a road that China is trying to construct, something that India considers a serious threat to its security. India has conveyed the same to the Chinese government.