Bilateral Current Affairs
Bilateral Current Affairs August 3rd Week 2016
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1) India, China agree on foreign secretaries-level dialogue

  • With less than a month to go before the Prime Ministers of India and China meet post the NSG fiasco, the two countries have decided to set up a dialogue mechanism at the level of foreign secretaries for the first time.
  • The decision to set up a new mechanism at the level of foreign secretaries was taken during a meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who was on a three-day visit to India. 
  • The Foreign Secretary-level talks will be a new mechanism that will encompass all bilateral issues between both the countries. This will be over and above the Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) that both sides already have in place. The SED was held in 2014 and there has not been much headway in the talks between both the sides on issues such as India’s membership at the Nuclear Suppliers Group, defence cooperation between both the military establishments, rising trade deficit and shrinkage in Indian exports to China, among others. 
  • As a result, both countries have now decided to set up the new mechanism keeping in mind India’s decision to join the NSG, whereas China is firm that India should take a position on the South China Sea (SCS) issue. In fact, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang made it explicit that India takes a stand on the SCS when he came to India.