Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi likely to visit India in late March

NEW DELHI: China’s foreign minister Wang Yi is likely to visit India at the end of this month, though the trip is not yet fully locked in and dates have not been confirmed, people familiar with the development said on Wednesday. If the visit goes as planned, it will be the first by a senior Chinese leader to India after the two countries locked horns in a dragging military standoff in Ladakh sector of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) since May 2020. The standoff, and a brutal clash in Galwan Valley in June 2020 that resulted in the death of 20 Indian soldiers and at least four Chinese troops, took bilateral ties to an all-time low. There was no official word from the external affairs ministry on Yi’s reported plans to visit India. The people cited above said on conditions of anonymity that the two sides are in touch, but the visit is yet to be fully finalised. The people said that the proposal for the visit came from the Chinese side and there were plans for Yi, who holds the rank of state councillor, to also visit Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Pakistan as part of the trip to the region.