First India-China dialogue on Afghanistan in Beijing

India and China will hold their first-ever dialogue on Afghanistan in Beijing aiming to cooperate to deal with the impact of US troops' pullout from the war-torn country by 2014 amid fears of return of Taliban and al-Qaeda.

Indian side at the talks will be led by YK Sinha, Additional Secretary in the External Affairs Ministry, and Chinese side by his counterpart. The dialogue between the two countries signifies China's interest in seeking convergence with India on the emerging grim situation in Afghanistan even as it held similar talks with Russia and its close ally Pakistan.

The meeting is taking place in the backdrop of talks between the National Security Advisors of India, China and Russia held in Moscow recently to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.

Singnificantly, the meeting is followed by annual Counter Terrorism dialogue on April 11 and 12 in Beijing in which the Afghan situation and emergence of militant groups and threats posed by them to the countries in the region were discussed.
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