The visit has been put off due to scheduling problems, Chinese Foreign Ministry official told reporters here today. Indian officials said Doval's visit will be rescheduled as he is preoccupied with the handling of the Pathankot incident.

Doval, who is also the Special Representative for Sino-India boundary talks, was due to arrive here tomorrow on a two-day visit during which he was scheduled to hold talks with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi on key bilateral issues, including the border dispute.

He was also scheduled to meet Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday. Both Doval and Yang are Special Representatives for holding talks on the boundary issue. So far, the two countries held 18 rounds of border talks.

Indian Ambassador to China Ashok Kantha had said Doval was due to have "strategic consultations" with the Chinese leaders. The visit is not for the Special Representative-level talks, Kantha said.

Referring to Doval's visit, Wang Dehua, director of the Institute for Southern and Central Asian Studies told state-run Global Times that "frequent talks between the two countries will accelerate solving a dispute on the long border, including its western section with Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and eastern part with Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region".

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