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China expert and former Indian envoy to Beijing Vikram Misri was today appointed deputy national security adviser in the national security council secretariat. Misri, a 1989 batch IFS officer, will come in place of Pankaj Saran who demits office on December 31, 2021. Saran was a former envoy to Russia. While Vikram Misri joins the NSCS, Pradeep Kumar Rawat has taken over as India’s envoy to China.

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Misri has worked in the prime minister’s office before and is well versed with the strategic environment in Indo Pacific.

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Vikram Misri will report to national security adviser Ajit Doval. The other two deputy NSAs are Rajender Khanna and Datta Pandsalgikar.