PM Modi-Xi meet to keep communication open


"Yet clearly both Beijing and New Delhi hope for something substantial from the upcoming two-day meeting, since the announcement was made on Sunday after talks between State Councilor Wang Yi and visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj", the China Daily said.

Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan (R) meets with visiting Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif in Beijing, capital of China, April 24, 2018.

"This meeting has a special significance for India, since, after becoming a full-fledged member of the SCO, we would deliberate on issues relating to the forthcoming SCO Summit in June this year", she said.

Swaraj's comment holds special significance against the backdrop of India preparing for an "informal" meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuhan later this week.

Meanwhile, Sitharaman arrived in China late evening on April 23.

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An informal summit -where the two leaders will hold informal discussions with their interpreters being the only other persons present -was decided upon instead of a regular formal summit which would have had a very "structured" format with delegations accompanying the leaders.

There's no denying that ties between India and China are strained today. Ms Swaraj, the Indian foreign minister, described peace and tranquility on the countries' border areas as an "essential prerequisite for the smooth development of bilateral relations".

The US and Japan began underscoring Indo-Pacific strategy previous year in an explicit attempt to rope in India against China. "This includes cooperation in building capacities and capabilities of the Afghan national security forces", the Defence Minister said.

As two large developing countries engaged in their national modernisation, India-China relations transcend bilateral dimensions and will have bearings on regional and global context, she said.

Differences should not lead to disputes in India-China ties, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Tuesday as she emphasised the relationship between the two neighbours could be a factor of stability in a world of uncertainty. While China has retaliated by hardening tariffs against United States goods, India is contemplating going to the World Trade Organization (WTO) if it is not exempted from the levy imposed by the USA on steel and aluminum imports.