BEIJING, April 20 - India and China today held their 19th round of talks to resolve the vexed border dispute amid a growing discord between the two nations over Beijing blocking India�s bid to get JeM chief Masood Azhar banned by the UN.
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval held the annual talks with Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi to discuss the road ahead to resolve the dispute which has bedevilled bilateral ties. Besides the border issue, Doval and Yang, the designated Special Representatives, also have a larger mandate to discuss all contentious bilateral and other issues.
Considering their mandate, the second attempt by Beijing in an year to block India�s bids to get the Pakistani terror group�s leaders banned is expected to figure in the talks.
Last month, China had vetoed India�s bid to get the Pathankot attack mastermind designated as terrorist by the UN Sanctions Committee, maintaining that the case �did not meet the requirements� of the Security Council.
The Chinese action evoked a strong reaction in India which said that it was �incomprehensible� that while Jaish-e- Mohammed (JeM) was banned by the UN, its chief was not.
Considering the heat generated over it, the issue was expected to figure prominently between Doval and Yang. He is also expected to call on Chinese Premier Li.