China Appoints New Ambassador to India Amidst Tensions and Border Standoff

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China Appoints New Ambassador to India Amidst Tensions and Border Standoff

Chinese Diplomat Xu Feihong Appointed as New Ambassador to India

After an 18-month delay, Chinese President Xi Jinping has appointed senior diplomat Xu Feihong as the new Ambassador to India. This appointment comes amidst ongoing tensions between the two countries due to the eastern Ladakh military standoff.

Xu, 60, previously served as Ambassador to Afghanistan and Romania. He is expected to arrive in New Delhi soon to take up his new post. He will succeed Sun Weidong, who completed his tenure in India in October 2022.

Xu's appointment coincides with India's ongoing general elections and protracted military and diplomatic negotiations between Beijing and New Delhi to resolve the border standoff. Relations between the two countries have been frozen, except for trade, since the violent clash in the Pangong Tso area on May 5, 2020.

Galwan Valley, Pangong Lake, Hot Springs, and Jianan Daban (Gogra).

However, India continues to press the People's Liberation Army to disengage from the Depsang and Demchok areas. India maintains that normalizing relations with China is contingent upon resolving the border situation.