Doval’s China Visit Put Off in Wake of Pathankot Attack


New Delhi: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s visit to China for talks with top Chinese leaders has been put off in the wake of the terrorist attack on the key Air Force base in Pathankot.

The visit has been put off due to scheduling problems, Chinese Foreign Ministry official told on Monday.  Indian officials said Mr. Doval’s visit will be rescheduled as he is occupied with the handling of the Pathankot incident.

Mr. Doval, who is also the Special Representative for Sino-India boundary talks, was scheduled to hold talks with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi on key bilateral issues, including the border dispute.

He was also due to meet Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday.  Both Mr. Doval and Mr. Yang are Special Representatives for holding talks on the boundary issue. So far, the two countries have held 18 rounds of border talks.

Indian Ambassador to China Ashok Kantha had said Mr. Doval was due to have “strategic consultations” with the Chinese leaders.