FS Gokhle discusses bilateral ties with top Chinese officials

BEIJING: Amid continued Sino-India discord over a host of issues, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale has made a surprise visit to Beijing and held talks with top Chinese officials on bilateral ties and topics related to regional and international importance.

Gokhale’s visit, which was kept under wraps was announced through a tweet by Indian Embassy early today.

“During the consultations, the two sides reviewed recent developments in bilateral relations, including high level exchanges, and discussed the agenda for bilateral engagement in the coming months,” a statement by the Indian Embassy here said.

Gokhale who was India’s envoy to China before he succeeded S Jaishankar as the Foreign Secretary last month, held talks with Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou, and called on Foreign Minister Wang Yi and state councillor Yang Jiechi,the statement said. (AGENCIES)