PM Modi visiting China to hold talks with President Xi
PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold a summit meeting in Wuhan city China April from April 27-28 to improve bilateral relations, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced today. Modi will be visiting the Chinese city at the invitation of President Xi, Wang said at a joint media event with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj after their talks. Here's more.
Sushma Swaraj is in China for talks with Wang and to take part in the two-day meeting of Foreign Ministers of the eight-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organisation from tomorrow. It will be an informal summit meeting between Xi-Modi during which both leaders will try to work out a new paradigm for the bilateral ties bogged down with a host of disputes and differences, said sources.
This will be fourth visit of Modi to China after he came to power in 2014. He is again due to visit China to take part in the SCO summit to be held at Qingdao city on June 9-10.
The Modi-Xi summit meeting is taking place in the backdrop of series of high-level interactions between both the two countries starting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang's visit to India in December, the first after Dokalam standoff. It was followed by two meetings between NSA Ajit Doval and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi and Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale visit to Beijing earlier this year.
The two countries also held 11th Joint Economic Group meeting and the fifth Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) recently. Besides the meetings between officials from the two foreign ministries on both sides held working mechanism meeting on border affairs and cross-border rivers as well disarmament and non-proliferation dialogue in which India's entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group was discussed and culminated in today's talks.