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China’s new envoy to India, Xu Feihong, arrives in New Delhi to assume office

New Delhi: Xu Feihong, the newly appointed Chinese Ambassador to India, arrived in New Delhi on Friday to assume office, according to the Chinese embassy in India. He is the 17th Chinese envoy to India, replacing Sun Weidong, who left in October 2022 after serving three years in Delhi and later became China’s Deputy Foreign Minister.

Officials from the Protocol Division of the Ministry of External Affairs of India, Dean of Diplomatic Corps, Ambassador of Eritrea to India Alem Tsehaye Woldemariam and Minister Ma Jia, Minister Wang Lei, Minister Counselor Chen Jianjun from the Chinese Embassy greeted the ambassador and his wife Tan Yuxiu at the airport, said the Chinese embassy in its official statement.

Sun Weidong left Delhi at a time when India and China were trying to manage ties via multiple channels, following the Ladakh border clash in 2020 that has remained the dominant issue between the two sides. Since April 2020, India and China have had several rounds of diplomatic and military level meetings on the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), in the India-China border areas.

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