China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi was on March 18, 2018 promoted to the post of State Councillor, the country’s top diplomat. However, Wang will retain his post of China's Foreign Minister.
The decision was taken at the ongoing annual session of 13th National People’s Congress.
Wang succeeds China’s senior-most diplomat Yang Jiechi, who until now was the country’s Special Representative on border talks with India.
Wang had previously served as China’s Envoy to Japan and worked at the Asia desk of the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
How Wang's appointment as State Councillor will impact Indo-China Relations?
• By far, China and India have held 20 rounds of talks on their 3448-km disputed border.
• Both the countries fought a war in 1962 and have seen their armies crossing into each other’s territories several times.
• As a State Councillor, Wang Yi will now be China's key negotiator on border talks with India.
• Wang will be taking up the talks with National Security Adviser Ajit Doval who is India's Special Representative on border talks with China.
• Earlier, Wang was seen slamming India during the 73-day military stand-off at Doklam in the eastern sector of their border in 2017. The standoff got resolved in August 2017.
• However, during the ongoing annual session of 13th National People’s Congress, Wang struck a positive tone about Indo-China ties.