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NEW DELHI: India and China will hold their first Strategic Dialogue on February 22 in Beijing during which the two sides will discuss key issues of mutual “concern and interest” including “friction points” such as Masood Azhar, Press Trust of India said on Thursday.

It said Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and Executive Vice Chairman of China Zhang Yesui will co-chair the meet to discuss “all issues of mutual interest in bilateral, regional and international domain.”

The agency quoted External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup as acknowledging on Thursday that there are “friction points” in Sino-China ties.

Mr Swarup said the dialogue will strive for a holistic view of the relations between the two countries and see to what extent they can accommodate each other’s concerns and interests.

“India and China share a close development partnership and there are number of issues also between the two countries. While there are collaborative activities, there are also some friction points.

“The idea is that through the mechanism of this strategic dialogue, the foreign secretary from our side and his Chinese counterpart can take a holistic view of India-China relations and see to what extent the two sides can accommodate each other’s concerns and interests,” he said.

The dialogue was set up during the visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in August last year. Mr Swarup described the new mechanism as a “comprehensive” forum.

India-China ties have witnessed strain following Beijing’s stand on issues crucial to India such as membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group and designation of JeM chief and alleged Pathankot attack mastermind Masood Azhar as global terrorist by the UN.

Published in Dawn, February 17th, 2017

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ShahRyar shiRazi Feb 17, 2017 12:53pm

Mr Modi hand us Fazlullah hiding in Afghanistan first. You can keep Azhar we dont want him

Saif zulfiqar Feb 17, 2017 12:53pm

India is not going to gain anything from these talks because everyday there is anti Chinese statements from thr BJP government .

Himmat Feb 17, 2017 12:55pm

This will be futile exercise as in past. India should assume hostility from China and plan it's strategy.

Mandy Feb 17, 2017 01:01pm

Good to see positive development between the two aspiring super powers.

mukesh Feb 17, 2017 01:08pm

Gud going wishes

Sam Feb 17, 2017 01:19pm

Very good step

SHarry Mann Feb 17, 2017 01:20pm

Because of Pakistan, India will not have break through from China. China have deep interest in Pakistan. China would never resent her Real Friend.

zak Feb 17, 2017 01:31pm

There is a meeting scheduled between Pakistan PM and Chinese Premier , in which Kashmir UN resolution, Samjota express and RAW activities in Afghanistan will be discussed. China is now the super power listening to all countries with grievances in South Asia. China should be made head of SAARC for it to function.

Aslum shaikh Feb 17, 2017 01:57pm

I am sure India will present proper case to declare Masood as terrorist. Request Pakistan to cooperate. They are not good people for you either

ash.S.K Feb 17, 2017 02:02pm

In the long run no country is a permanent friend or foe of any country. It all depends on National interests of respective countries. China will realize this and knowing that it cannot ignore India for long it will start leaning towards Indian policies on terrorism mainly. Chain can also can't thwart international pressure it will have accept the ground situation and it will support India on NSG bid and Masood Azhar.

Li-N-Ja Feb 17, 2017 02:09pm

Its always better to keep talking and understand each other.

Fantastic Feb 17, 2017 02:11pm

China means "business" brother , daddy!! Well done

Feroz Feb 17, 2017 02:23pm

Friendly relations with every country is the desired objective of diplomacy and free and frank talks the best way to address all issues. Collaborate where common ground can be found, where not possible go your own way. Discussing the same issues at every meeting without any resolution, just a waste of precious time.

Neighbour Feb 17, 2017 02:25pm

Good news. A terrorist is a terrorist, he shouldn't be neither good nor bad.

Dave Feb 17, 2017 02:27pm

Good development. Terrorism must be contained.

Simple Guy Feb 17, 2017 02:32pm

Indian diplomacy at its best Masood Azhar ban and NSG membership will be key points in the discussion and convincing China will be done if not today but tomorrow.

Truth triumph Feb 17, 2017 02:39pm

No hypocrisy please...

INDIAN Feb 17, 2017 02:45pm

Mature way of sorting out things. There shouldn't be any animosity between India and China

Salman Feb 17, 2017 02:51pm

I don't understand what does India want to prove! Perhaps something like India being the epitome of peace in the world and Pakistan being root of all evil? Could she please mind her own business and stop their nonsense agenda of baseless allegations. Key people in the corridors of power already know that what happened in Mumbai was a false flag propaganda. Reality cannot be changed by running a media campaign of maligning Pakistan who is already bleeding in the hands of anti-state actors. How about India dare discuss Kubhashun Yadav and the likes with Pakistan!

Vectra Feb 17, 2017 02:48pm

Although not expecting anything from this meeting however given how One China policy was challenged 1st hinted by Trump then by visiting Taiwan delegation to New Delhi who know China may have a change of heart.

Asif Indian Feb 17, 2017 02:56pm

They can discuss it but ultimately it is up to Pakistan that how responsibly they take action to curb Good or Bad terrorists after recent attacks.

Mahesh Feb 17, 2017 03:16pm

@Aslum shaikh . Your comment is certainly appreciable.

A Feb 17, 2017 03:16pm

@Salman " I don't understand what does India want to prove! "

China is worth and mature enough for holding bilateral discussions.

The idea is that through the mechanism of this strategic dialogue the two sides can accommodate each other’s concerns and interests.

India has also agreed to have such ' Strategic Dialogue' periodically with Bangladesh, Nepal , Srilanka too !

Mahesh Feb 17, 2017 03:16pm


Zero recommendation to your comment, it means you are going wrong way.

Sameer Feb 17, 2017 04:17pm

@Salman Its 2017 now. upgrade yourself.

Azmeen Feb 17, 2017 04:28pm

India stop supporting terrorism in Pakistan.

Prince Feb 17, 2017 04:28pm

@Salman don't talk nonsense....

Padosi Feb 17, 2017 04:28pm

Kill all the bad and good terrorist, then you will see your country's progress.

Ganie Feb 17, 2017 04:38pm

China... With great power comes great responsibility. China should behave like a superpower and stop supporting terror factories

Indian true friend of beloved pakistan Feb 17, 2017 04:36pm

The problem with us is that we r sacrificing long term goal for short term benefits. No one will be benefited by promoting violence. So we estranged brothers should not invite a third person be it USA or China. We are mature and prudent enough do decide our fate. And again any one who preaches violence should be dealt with iron hand. Every problem has a solution. We must have patience for it. Negotion and diologue are the best way for amicable solution for difference between us. Hope people at both side of river Indus understand it.

SunRays Feb 17, 2017 04:40pm

Neither India nor Pakistan gains out of this issue being blocked at UNO. Only China is leveraging from this act. They are trading extra businesses/work in Pak against his ban block. Pakistan is losing immensely in this transaction.

Lone wolf Feb 17, 2017 04:47pm

Is it so difficult for Pakistan to understand that here is a guy who was released in exchange of a hijacked aeroplane? A hijacked airplane! Does Pakistan need US/China/India to tell them to ban him? Is it not in Pakistan’s interest to actually ban and try him? How many Peshawars and Sehwans you need to wake up to the menace these people are capable of?

Iftikhar Husain Feb 17, 2017 05:17pm

In this meeting between two countries apart other topics they must also talk about solving the Kashmir issue to bring peace to this region.

Sachin Feb 17, 2017 05:34pm

Meeting will be about give and take.

DIL DIL PAKISTAN Feb 17, 2017 05:39pm

Nothing will change China's main objective CPEC not india.

DIL DIL PAKISTAN Feb 17, 2017 05:39pm

Whatever india do Dragon will not change its policy towards Pakistan.

DIL DIL PAKISTAN Feb 17, 2017 05:45pm

@Salman very nice agree

Arun-KS Feb 17, 2017 05:45pm

Damn it! We do not care!! We believe in equality in friendship & that's it.

Ahmed Feb 17, 2017 05:45pm

Chinese respect strength. The more you bow down to them more they will push you. Once you show resilience they start respecting you. Since 2014 India has acquired backbone, they tested it since then with various low level provocations. Now Chinese will start retreating slowly without losing face.

point of view Feb 17, 2017 05:49pm

For Pakistan, it is a good time to eliminate all terrorists both good and bad.

Indian Feb 17, 2017 05:51pm

this is how mature countries work solve all the disputes with peaceful negotiation

BUDDHIR DHEKI Feb 17, 2017 05:59pm


China's "main objective" is CPEC? You know how many other CPEC-"lookalikes" it is implementing in other parts of the region?

Why do you seek to find glory in "being close" to China? It is silly actually....

Ayana Feb 17, 2017 06:17pm

China is feeling the discomfort and heat. It is wary of India flexing its muscles in the south china sea region by supplying arms to countries like Indonesia and keeping strategic ties with japan. Visit of Taiwan rep to India was a brilliant strategy to put china on Blackfoot. Although nothing much is expected at this stage, but for sure china wants to keep India in good humour

fuelhead Feb 17, 2017 06:53pm

@ShahRyar shiRazi don't know them and this means nothing.

fuelhead Feb 17, 2017 06:54pm

@zak when did you not have a meeting?? report that instead as that will be news.

fuelhead Feb 17, 2017 06:56pm

@A dont know them so this means nothing. besides, you've had 19 years of meetings and what's changed? nothing.

fuelhead Feb 17, 2017 07:07pm

@SunRays not quite.

Yash Feb 17, 2017 07:10pm

@Azmeen.You have no concrete evidence of Indian involvement.If you have then give to India.

Ahsan Feb 17, 2017 07:25pm

India as our traditional foe always plan adverse steps against Pakistan. China has been our consistent well wisher. We should therefore be alert to India's efforts to come closer to China although they have experienced a war in the year 1962

Indian4rmblore Feb 17, 2017 07:36pm

@Ahsan we don't need close friends, we need to good ties with all our neighbors. U cant b close frnds in this modern world. Its al abt trade and business.

Third Party Feb 17, 2017 07:42pm

Looks like Chinese feel the heat from all the directions. South China sea, Taiwan, Japan , Etc to name a few..So they want a somewhat happy India on south border. With Visit of Taiwan Minister to India recently India has adopted pressure tactics and compelled China to the table. Lets see what is the consensus between two Asian Giants !

subh Feb 17, 2017 07:48pm

@Salman really....

ram singh soni Feb 17, 2017 07:50pm

sir, India should develop warm non political relations with Taipei Government. If china does not recognize one India policy like issuing staple visa issue etc, India too should not recognize one china policy. India told late Mao Tse Tung that India recognizes suzerainty of China over Tibet not sovereignty. Nothing less than complete autonomy to Tibet is acceptable to India. His Holiness Dalai Lama is ruler of Tibet. China claims they liberated Tibet, but from whom?Occupation is not liberation. China is nuclear proliferates does not deserve a member of security council as it does not recognize International court verdict on south china sea.

sachin Feb 17, 2017 08:02pm

These talks are no more than artificial exhibition ,it is clear and well understood that there will be more rivalries between the two in near future and no mutual confidence will exist at least for this half of the century.

Saif zulfiQar Feb 17, 2017 08:06pm

Modi is being fooled by China.

Joe Feb 17, 2017 08:41pm

@zak , Brother We have two great center's in Agra and Bareilly.Both provide excellent recreation facilities for ..

smash Feb 17, 2017 09:29pm

@Joe Well said my brother.. :')

Zik Feb 17, 2017 11:40pm

Kudos to the world's greatest democracy for making peace with neighbors.

Abdul rehman Feb 18, 2017 03:09am

India is already a member of MTCR and China desperately wants to get in. Also India is supplying BRAHMOS missiles to Vietnam.

Sameer Feb 18, 2017 03:30am

Willing to talk with China on matters of mutual concern, but when will you talk with Pakistan. Kashmir is also a matter of mutual concern.

vorshal Feb 18, 2017 05:25am

@Saif zulfiqar -- Business interests and trade potential will overcome all perceived misgivings!

Gurpreet Singh Feb 18, 2017 06:14am

Both India & China are too big and too powerful to have an acrimonious relationship. China knows very well that it can not intimidate India. If China forms a strategic alliance against India & meddles in the Indian ocean, India can also form a strategic alliance against China with Japan, Vietnam, South Korea etc & meddle in the South China sea. It would be best for both countries to recognize each other as regional powers & leave each other's turf alone. They should increase trade & resolve their differences. The annual trade between India & China is close to $100 million and has the potential to go much higher.

Alba Feb 18, 2017 06:29am

Iron Brother wants to make peace between Pakistan and India for the sake of it's investments in Nawaz Sharif's Chinese Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Alba Feb 18, 2017 06:32am

@Himmat .... Absolutely wrong. China has no hostility toward any nation (with the exception of Japan). They are in India using diplomacy right now.

Alba Feb 18, 2017 06:37am

@Saif zulfiqar ... You cannot drive a wedge between India and China. The Chinese are logical, pragmatic and honest. They expect Pakistan to be a honest partner. They have no intention of taking on Pakistan's political problems.

Alba Feb 18, 2017 06:39am

@SHarry Mann ... ... America is China's real friend. How many Chinese people live in Pakistan? How many Chinese people live in Southeast Asia. How many Chinese people live in South Asia? The Chinese only trust other Chinese.

Alba Feb 18, 2017 06:42am

@Feroz ... ... ... Friendly relations with every country is the desired objective of China.

Alba Feb 18, 2017 06:58am

@SunRays ... ... Then that makes the Chinese smart.

Alba Feb 18, 2017 06:59am

@Vectra ... What South Asia needs is the one child policy.

Uday Feb 18, 2017 07:04am

100 militants killed but mastermind still safe.

Kris wa Feb 18, 2017 07:09am

China urgently invited India for this meeting in Beijing. This is after India invited Taiwanese parliament team to visit India. Modi knows how to deal with China.

Alba Feb 18, 2017 07:10am

@Ayana .... You have that wrong. Chinese live in Indonesia not in India in or Pakistan. Chinese business is a dominant force in Indonesia.

Alba Feb 18, 2017 07:16am

@Ayana .... India ties with Taiwan will make China your enemy, not your friend. Taiwan is a little Island. Not a world power. A Chinese Island for 300 years. The native Taiwanese represent less than 2% of the population.

Alba Feb 18, 2017 07:19am

@Ahsan ... The only war China remembers is the Anti-Japanese War (1938-1945). The war with India was a cake walk. A pimple on an elephant's rear.

Alba Feb 18, 2017 07:24am

@Third Party ... ... Taiwan is China in many ways. Taiwan is a tiny country with no viable military or navy. They need India but India gains nothing from Taiwan except China's enmity.

Alba Feb 18, 2017 07:35am

@ram singh soni .... The late Mao Ze-dong (Mandarin spelling) had close relations with the family living on Taiwan who owned five flour mills in China. He allowed them to keep and operate this private business in China throughout his first two Five Year Plans and into the future because China had to be fed. General Chang Kai-shek's generals looted all the Chinese art treasures and portable wealth they could load on ships when they retreated to Taiwan. It was no less that Nadir Shah looting Delhi to the Chinese. China wants those art treasures which belong to the people of China returned. You don't understand the relationship between Taiwan and China at all.

Crazyworld Feb 18, 2017 07:40am

@Ahsan China is no one's well wisher. It cares only about its national interests. The sooner you get that, the better it is. All this harping of CPEC is nonsense. Chinese have made Pakistan take loans at exorbitant interest to build the corridor and now will use that same corridor to dump cheap goods in Pakistan. Any guess on Who will lose jobs

Samad Feb 18, 2017 08:16am

China is good at playing off India and Pakistan against each other.

SpongeBobNotSquare Feb 18, 2017 08:38am

@ALBA: All your comments are very good and/or historically correct. Regarding India's China war, most Indians read in schools, books and newspapers about Chinese treachery and back-stabbing. That is all I knew till I read the book by Neville Maxwell (India's China War). The book lays out all the facts and myths. In essence, China was not generous but was always rational in negotiations, India was neither rational nor generous. The book is widely read in the west as reference material.

My name Feb 18, 2017 09:35am

@ShahRyar shiRazi : Modi is not PM of Afghanistan! Address the right PM. Wrong tree!

My name Feb 18, 2017 09:41am

@INDIAN : You know about India-China trade volumes, right?

D.K. PAMNANI Feb 18, 2017 11:24am

@Saif zulfiQar

Modi is being fool or Modi ji is making China a fool.

SID Feb 18, 2017 01:38pm

@zak Does India listen to China ??

Kanwar Puri Feb 18, 2017 07:21pm

It may be polically correct to hold talks with china but lower your expectations . China is a self serving country which does not contribute to the welfare of other countries. On top of that, it has an agenda of peaceful takeover of Pakistan and it is not going to upset that. Also, china does not want to see peace between India and Pakistan. So, Azhar will remain free to do what ever he wants. I believe, china is facilitating his misadventures in India.

zak Feb 19, 2017 01:30am

@Saif zulfiqar guess who is getting isolated, by their own idiotic deeds.

Baljeet Singh Feb 19, 2017 01:38am

Justice for sikhs in 1984.

Helloall Feb 19, 2017 11:07am

@Salman. whatever happened in Mumbai was India's propaganda? I truly feel sorry for you!

STARZAN Feb 19, 2017 08:38pm

@mandy. It must be fabulous for the rabid rich living amongst the apartheid Bharat's 950-million poverty stricken people barely existing on less than 50-cents a day.