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Envoy for border talks with India on powerful panel

PTI
Published : Oct 25, 2017, 1:35 am IST
Updated : Oct 25, 2017, 1:35 am IST

Former Chinese ambassador to India, Le Yucheng was among the 172 alternate members elected to the Central Committee.

Yang Jiechi
 Yang Jiechi

Beijing: China’s top diplomat and Special Representative for India-China border talks has been elected to the powerful Central Committee of the CPC, belying speculation that he is set to retire.

Yang Jiechi, 67, along with foreign minister Wang Yi, 64, were elected  to the 204-member central committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) which concluded its once-in-five-years Congress here on Tuesday.

Former Chinese ambassador to India, Le Yucheng was among the 172 alternate members elected to the Central Committee.

Mr Yang, a former Chinese foreign minister who took part in the India-China border talks with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval also played a  major role in the talks to resolve the 73-day Dokalam standoff which  ended on August 28.

Observers say that Mr Yang may get elevated to the 25-member Politburo of the CPC which will be unveiled tomorrow along with the seven-member Standing Committee which governs the country.

If he gets into the Politburo, Mr Yang could become vice premier becoming first Chinese foreign ministry official to get the post in over a decade, observers said.

If he gets elevated, Mr Wang could become state councillor and the new Special Representative of India-China border talks in March. The elevation of Mr Yang, Mr Wang and Mr Le shows President Xi Jinping’s plans to give a big diplomatic push for his multibillion dollar Belt  and Road Initiative as well as to counter US push into Asia-Pacific. The absence of the country’s top diplomat from the Politburo was largely due to an unwritten party rule.

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