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PM Modi to Visit China on April 27-28 for Summit Talks With Xi Jinping

During the informal meeting, Xi and Modi will focus on working out a new paradigm for the bilateral ties bogged down with a host of disputes and differences, sources said.

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Updated:April 22, 2018, 5:15 PM IST
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PM Modi to Visit China on April 27-28 for Summit Talks With Xi Jinping
File photo of PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the previous SCO summit.
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Beijing: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold an informal summit in China's Wuhan city from April 27 to 28 to exchange views on bilateral and international matters and to enhance mutual communication between the two leaders, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi announced on Sunday.

PM Modi will be visiting the central Chinese city at the invitation of President Xi, Wang said at a joint media event with Swaraj after their talks.

"The two leaders will have communications of a strategic nature concerning the once in a century shifts going on in the world. They will also exchange views on overarching long-term and strategic matters concerning the future of China-India relations," Wang said.

"The informal summit will be an important occasion for them to exchange views on bilateral and international matters from an over-arching and long-term perspective with the objective of enhancing mutual communication at the level of leaders," Swaraj said.

Sushma Swaraj
Sushma Swaraj (L) shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing, China, April 22, 2018. (Image: Reuters)

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 (SCO) from Monday.

During the informal meeting, Xi and Modi will focus on working out a new paradigm for the bilateral ties bogged down with a host of disputes and differences, sources said.

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 National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi and the visit early this year by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale to Beijing.

The two countries also held 11th Joint Economic Group meeting and the fifth Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) here recently.

Besides 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 (NSG) was discussed and culminated in today's talks between Swaraj and Wang.
| Edited by: Tarun Bhardwaj
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