National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval has been appointed as the special representative by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to resolve the India-China border issue.
“Ajit Doval, NSA, appointed as the special representative of India to conduct boundary negotiations and strategic consultations with China,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in the statement.
“This arrangement will be part of NSA’s overall assignment,” the statement added.
The issue has since long been a source of tension between the two countries.
Doval is credited with solving several issues including planning key missions related to Myanmar and China related missions.
The appointment of Doval, on Monday, comes at a time when there have been several incidents of tension between the two countries at the border and LAC.
In September this year, Chinese incursions in Ladakh raised security alarms for the Indian government. Indian troops had to reportedly make a tactical retreat of about two kilometers in Chumar.
Before that, the Chinese Army had attempted to enter into the Indian territory riding on horses.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi even raised the border issue with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the latter’s visit to India earlier this year.