Indian government is considering the names of two of its high commissioners-- Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Gautam Bambawale for ambassador to China.
Shringla is serving as the Indian High Commissioner to Dhaka while Bambawale holds the same position in Pakistan.
According to anonymous sources speaking to Hindustan Times, they are the strongest contenders for the position which is currently held by Vijay Gokhale.
Gokhale may be posted as secretary (economic relations) at the South Block, the sources said, adding that he was earlier a secretary-level officer in China, South Block.
Gokhale, a 1981 batch Indian Foreign Service officer, is in contention to succeed S Jaishankar as foreign secretary in January 2018.
Bambawale is a known China hand after having worked at both the Beijing mission and desk at New Delhi. Both Bambawale and Shringla are 1984 batch officers.
The relations between India and China have fallen over territorial disputes and Beijing’s support of Pakistan.