PM Modi to hold summit meet with Xi Jinping in Wuhan

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Astana, Kazakhstan, June, 2017. PTI Photo

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Astana, Kazakhstan, June, 2017.
PTI Photo

In a significant development on the India-China ties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping for informal talks. The summit meeting will be held in China’s Wuhan from April 27 to 28 to improve bilateral relations.

The announcement came after talks between external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Beijing on Sunday. Ms Swaraj said the meeting would be important occasion for the two leaders to exchange view on bilateral & international matters with objective of enhancing mutual communication.

The External Affairs Minister is in China to take part in the foreign ministers’ meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation that is scheduled for tomorrow.

After their meeting, Sushma Swaraj said both New Delhi and Beijing have agreed to work together on the issues like terrorism, climate change, sustainable development and global healthcare.

The two nations have also agreed to continue Kailash Mansarovar Yatra from this year, which was stopped by Beijing after the 72-day-long standoff. China also agreed to share data on Sutlej and Brahmaputra rivers. Sushma also said that maintaining peace in the border areas with China was an “essential pre-requisite” for the smooth development of bilateral ties

In a related development, Swaraj called on Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan to discuss bilateral ties on Monday.

“EAM @SushmaSwaraj continues her engagement with the Chinese leadership on the 2nd day of her visit, calling on the Vice President of China Wang Qishan,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.