Beijing: As the Communist Party of China (CPC) appointed “fifth generation” leaders headed by Xi Jinping, high-level Sino-India contacts are set to resume this month starting with the strategic economic dialogue, which would be followed by a likely visit of national security adviser Shivshankar Menon in Beijing.
The first contact post-transition would be taking place between deputy chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia and his Chinese counterpart and chief of China’s National Development Reforms Commission (NDRC) Zhang Ping on 26 November.
The meeting between the two, both influential officials in their respective administrations, was expected to go beyond issues involving the strategic economic dialogue and focus on the scope of the bilateral relationship in the light of the leadership change in Beijing.
The dialogue is expected to be followed by the visit of Menon to Beijing, even though there is no official announcement about it so far. Officials here are tight-lipped about the expected visit of Menon, who had served as the Indian ambassador to China earlier and is regarded highly by the Chinese leadership. His visit could kick off a new momentum in the relations.
Menon’s counterpart in the special representative-level talks to resolve the border issue, Dai Bingguo, too, is slated to retire as the administration headed by outgoing President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao would be relinquishing their posts by March next year.
Dai, 71, who holds the designation of state councillor, is the longest-serving Chinese diplomat to have held talks with various administrations in India since 2003. Speculation is rife about who would succeed him, and the present foreign minister Yang Jiechi is one of the contenders.