Indian PM to visit China for talks with Xi

SCO meeting Sushma Swaraj departs for six-day visit to China Mongolia Sitharaman to join her on April 24

The one-on-one discussion between Modi and Jinping is considered to be the final phasing out of the patch which appeared in the bilateral ties previous year when the armies of both the nations were locked in a stand-off at the trijunction region of Doklam.

China on Monday said President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will discuss the threat of rising protectionism and the "unprecedented" changes in the world in the past 100 years at their informal summit at Wuhan. "The fact that they have agreed on an informal summit shows that the two leaders realise the importance of this relationship". Swaraj called on President Xi along with the rest of the seven foreign ministers of the SCO.

Besides the longstanding border dispute, a range of issues plagues India-China ties. The effort of the two leaders will be to create an atmosphere of conciliation, cooperation and trust that would spread to lower levels, which could then begin to operationalise policies and programmes designed to benefit both countries mutually.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday said that socialism has entered a new era with Chinese characteristics in which India has played a crucial role in its development.

"It will be an important occasion for them (Modi and Xi) to exchange views on bilateral and global matters, from an overarching and long-term perspective with the objective of enhancing mutual communication", Swaraj said.

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Swaraj and Wang met in Beijing before a meeting on Tuesday of foreign ministers from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a regional security grouping spearheaded by China and Russian Federation. He is again due to visit China to take part in the SCO summit to be held at Qingdao city on June 9-10.

China earlier said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping will discuss globalisation and the threat of rising protectionism at their informal summit at Wuhan this week and the world will hear "very positive voices". Speaking at the "Contribution of Hindi in the Friendship of India & China' event in Beijing, Swaraj expressed happiness that Indian films such as Dangal are becoming extremely popular in China".

"I am also happy for you being appointed as China's Special Representative on border talks with India".

They've been exacerbated by Beijing's rapid expansion of its political and economic ties in India's backyard through Xi's ambitious Belt and Road infrastructure initiative.

Against that backdrop, former Indian foreign secretary S. Jaishankar told India's Asian News International that the summit was "certainly a very bold step".

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