The Chinese State Councillor and minister of public security Zhao Kezhi heading a large high powered delegation will be visiting India for the first time from 21st to 25th Oct.
Zhao Kezhi will hold bilateral talks with Rajnath Singh the home minister on 22nd , He will meet National security advisor Ajit Doval and his team and and call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 23rd.
Zhao Kezhi with the delegation will visit Mumbai on 24rd and will be meeting with Chief Minster of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis for delegation level talks. He will leave for China on 25th .
The 15 member high level delegation led by Zhao Kezhi includes vice minister of public security and the Directer general of Public security of TAR Tibet Autonomous Region and other high level officials.
During the visit both sides are expected to sign a frame work agreement for cooperation in the field of internal security after many years of negotiations , a first among two giant Asian neighbours, now trying to resolve several contentious issues after the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping at Wuhan.
The relationship hit a pause button during the Doklam crises after Rajnath Singh visited Beijing in Nov 2015 held delegation level talks with his Chinese counter part Guo Shengkun, State Councillor and Minister of Public Security and met the Prime Minster Li Keqiang.
The relationship was revived again when Zhao Kezhi was invited to visit India during a meeting with the Dy NSA Rajender Khanna who led the Indian delegation to Beijing to attend the 13th SCO NSAs meeting in May 2018.
A five member delegation from Ministry of Public Security of China visited New Delhi on Aug 28 and met Indian officials for the preparation of the talks between two sides and the proposed pact on the cooperation on Internal security.
Several contentious issues are expected to come up during the talks between two sides during the meetings.
Sources say that Home minister Rajnath Singh and others from the Indian side have raised the issue of supply of arms and ammunition to the Insurgents in the Northeastern states of India several times, the issue is expected to come up again at the meeting.
The Indian side is expected to demand from China to hand over Paresh Baruah the Chairman of ULFA -I The United Liberation Front of Assam – Independent . Baruah has raised the heckles of the ruling BJP Bhartiya Janta Party leaders at the Central and the state governments by blasting a bomb near a temple in Guwahati just before the beginning of the auspicious festive period of Durga puja . Paresh Baruah called on phone all regional news outlets opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and NRC (National Register of Citizens) update exercise pushed through by the ruling political party.
Paresh Baruah also the self styled commander in chief of ULFA-I ,who is waging a armed struggle for an independent Assam state is hiding somewhere in the Jungles at the Border tri-junction of India-China-Myanmar with an active support from Chinese Authorities.
Experts say the idea of surgical strike on the camps of Paresh Baruah was nixed by higher up in the security Establishment as Indian special forces may have to transgress unknowingly into Chinese territory raising the temperatures in the relations of two neighbours to boiling point.
Paresh Baruah is taking advantage of the 143 Km stretch at the border Tri Junction which is still under “dispute” between Myanmar, India and China. Complicating the situation further Myanmar has asked India to first resolve the border issues with China before starting negotiations with it.
During talks the Chinese side is expected to raise several thorny issues including the Tibetan living as refugees in India, who are fomenting unrest in the [TAR] Tibet Autonomous Region of China. China also wants India to curb the “Political” activities of Dalai Lama and other Tibetan leaders which has an adverse effect on the internal security of TAR.
China also expects New Delhi to ban various organizations fighting for the Freedom of Tibet and functioning from the Indian soil ,as India has recognized TAR as an integral part of China.
The far reaching effect and the political implications of democratically elected (CTA) Central Tibetan Administration in exile, functioning from its base at Dharmshala ,Himachal Pradesh on the Authoritarian communist party regime in the TAR Tibet is also troubling the Czars of public security in China. They want severe restrictions to be imposed on the democratically elected political leadership of CTA, which is trying to start a movement for democracy in Tibet.
“We are hoping for the best and prepared for the worst” an official in the Indian security establishment said on the condition of anonymity.
(Kanwaljeet Singh is a Freelance journalist based in New Delhi India his Twitter handle is @kjsingh001)
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