Gautam Bambawale was on 12 October 2017 appointed as India's new Ambassador to China. Bambawale is an Indian Foreign Service Officer of the 1984 batch. He will succeed Vijay Gokhale.
Bambawale is familiar with Mandarin Chinese and has earlier served in Hong Kong and Beijing.
About Gautam Bambawale
• He is currently serving as India’s High Commissioner to Pakistan.
• Bambawale was previously India’s Ambassador to Bhutan.
• He has also handled the China desk in the Indian Foreign Ministry that looks after relations with Japan, China, South Korea, Mongolia and North Korea.
• He served as director in the Americas Division of the ministry, responsible for relations with the US and Canada (1993-94).
• He has also functioned as the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Indian Embassy in Beijing.
After taking up the position, one of the major tasks of Bambawale will be to stabilise India-China ties that were rocked by a military face off in the Doklam area of Bhutan which lasted for 73 days.
Both the sides agreed to end the face-off on 28 August 2017, paving the way for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit China for the BRICS summit in September 2017.
Who: Gautam Bambawale
When: 12 October 2017