China Appoints New Ambassador to India Amid Border Standoff

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China Appoints New Ambassador to India Amid Border Standoff

China Appoints New Ambassador to India Amid Ongoing Border Standoff

Chinese President Xi Jinping has appointed senior diplomat Xu Feihong as the new Ambassador to India, ending an 18-month delay caused by the ongoing military standoff in eastern Ladakh. The Chinese Foreign Ministry confirmed the appointment to PTI, though no official announcement has been made in India.

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, succeeding veteran diplomat Sun Weidong, who completed his tenure in October 2022. Sun currently serves as Vice Foreign Minister overseeing China's South Asia policy.

Xu's appointment comes amidst ongoing military and diplomatic negotiations between China and India to resolve the prolonged border standoff. The standoff began in May 2020 following a violent clash in the Pangong Tso area, leading to a freeze in bilateral relations except for trade.

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.