Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale will arrive Beijing for consultations

Beijing. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale will arrive in Beijing on Sunday for “bilateral consultations”, amid signs that China may review its position on lifting its “technical hold” on listing the founder of terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), Masood Azhar, as an international terrorist.

Gokhale is arriving ahead of the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) – a mega event hosted by China that begins on April 25, in which 37 heads of State or government are participating.

So far, there are no signs that India will be officially participating in it, though some members of the business community, academics and media personnel will be present.

The Foreign Secretary will hold talks with China’s State Councillor and foreign minister Wang Yi on Monday. 

On Friday, Wang said at a briefing on the BRF that the two countries were preparing for a second edition of a leadership summit as a follow-up to last year’s informal summit at Wuhan.

The Wuhan summit had reset ties between New Delhi and Beijing, which reached a new low during the mid-2017 Doklam military stand-off.

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