Written byShalini Ojha ·
Putting an end to days of suspense, New Delhi on Wednesday announced that Chinese President Xi Jinping will be visiting India on October 11 and 12 for the second informal summit.
The event will provide an opportunity to both leaders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Xi, to discuss issues of bilateral, global, and regional importance.
Hopefully, this meeting will deepen India-Sino ties.
Xi's visit to India was being planned for weeks now, but in the last couple of days, China's stand on Jammu and Kashmir threw it under the bus.
Not long ago, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing had said Beijing would support Pakistan and work to ensure Kashmiri residents get fundamental rights.
Kashmir has been brewing with tensions after Centre revoked Article 370.
On Saturday, India protested against Jing's words and saw it as Chinese interference in "internal matters". New Delhi even sought clarification from China and reminded that these words contradict the spirit of the proposed summit.
Subsequently, in what seemed like an attempt from China to do damage control, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang "called on India and Pakistan" to solve issues bilaterally.
In fact, on Tuesday, Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong wished Indians on Dussehra.
Taking to Twitter, he said that economic and trade cooperation between both countries is essential.
"With 2.7 billion combined population, the potential is huge for Sino-Indian economic and trade cooperation. 1,000 Chinese companies operate in India with $8 billion cumulative investment and 200,000+ local jobs created," he tweeted.
In fact, on Monday too, he tweeted that India-Sino ties have made progress under the guidance of PM Modi and Xi.
And on Sunday Weidong, who also served as Chinese envoy to Pakistan, wrote, "Since Wuhan Informal Summit, the relations have witnessed steady progress. Glad to see our leaders' consensus be transformed into cooperation fruits. Hope more impetus for our friendship."
The Wuhan Summit, which was mentioned by Weidong, happened on April 27 and 28 last year, months after armies of both nations engaged in 73-day-long standoff in Doklam.
The upcoming summit will take place in Mamallapuram, a coastal town near Chennai.
As per reports, Xi and PM Modi will pay a visit to temples and heritage sites built by Pallav dynasty in 7th-8th centuries.
Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit India from October 11th to 12th for the 2nd Informal Summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Chennai. Hope their Strategic guidance and friendship will usher China-India ties into a new chapter.— Sun Weidong (@China_Amb_India) October 9, 2019
Though the meeting is crucial, no MoUs or joint communique will be signed by the leaders as this is an informal meeting, sources told ANI. Xi will be accompanied by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Politburo members.
While there are no plans to discuss Kashmir, reports said PM Modi would apprise Xi about India's stand if the matter comes up during talks.
Interestingly, India's announcement comes at a time when Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan is also in China. Today, he is expected to attend the Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition's closing ceremony.
"He will meet with President Xi Jinping, Prime Minister Li Keqiang and Chairman Li Zhanshu, and have talks and exchange views, and sign cooperation documents," Geng said about Khan's visit.
Love World news?
Subscribe to stay updated.