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Vijay Gokhale appointed new foreign secretary

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The government has appointed Vijay Gokhale has the new foreign secretary and will be replacing Jai Shankar who moves out of his office from January 28.
Vijay Gokhale, who was Ambassador to China prior has been widely credited for successful negotiations with China during the Doklam crisis.
According to various sources, Gokhale’s talks led to a peaceful resolution of the 70-day military standoff that ended just days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled to China for the BRICS summit in August last year. With its choice of Vijay Gokhale as the next Foreign Secretary, the government seems to have chosen an officer known as a good traditionalist who is bound by rules.
He is also very fluent in Chinese (Mandarin) and served as a Director of China and East Asia in the Ministry of External Affairs.

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