India appoints Gautam Bambawale as new ambassador to China
New Delhi: India on Thursday announced the appointment of Gautam Bambawale as its next ambassador to China.
Bambawale, an Indian foreign service officer of the 1984 batch is currently India’s high commissioner to Pakistan.
Bambawale was previously India’s ambassador to Bhutan. He has also handled the China desk in the Indian foreign ministry that looks after relations with Japan, China, South Korea, Mongolia and North Korea. One of the first tasks in front of Bambawale will be to stabilise India-China ties rocked by a military face off in the Dokalam area of Bhutan that lasted 73 days.
The two sides agreed to disengage on 28 August, paving the way for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit China for the BRICS summit in early September.
Bambawale’s appointment clears the way for India’s ambassador to Poland, Ajay Bisaria, to be named India’s high commissioner to Pakistan.