Indian PM to visit China for talks with Xi

SCO meet No bilaterals between foreign defence ministers of India and Pakistan

SCO meet No bilaterals between foreign defence ministers of India and Pakistan

Announcing this on Sunday in Beijing at a joint press conference after talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the two sides had reached a 'broad-based consensus on high level interactions and cooperation between China and India'.

After a strained two-and-a-half month military standoff between India and China at Doklam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's informal bilateral meeting with President Xi Jinping later this week in Wuhan city of central China is a mark of pragmatic thinking on both sides.

The one-on-one discussion between Modi and Jinping is considered to be the final phasing out of the patch which appeared in the bilateral ties a year ago when the armies of both the nations were locked in a stand-off at the trijunction region of Doklam. "We are newly emerging markets as well as developing countries with big populations so we believe the two countries will continue to uphold the globalization so that it is more inclusive", said Lu.

At Wuhan, the two leaders will "exchange views on overarching long-term strategic issues as well as the latest trends in the world so that the world will develop in a more stable way". This could have added the necessity of revision of relationship with India.

"Ms Swaraj, who is in Beijing on a four-day visit to take part in the foreign ministers' meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation or SCO, met Mr Wang at Zhongnanhai, the Chinese leadership compound, in Beijing".

This will be the fourth visit of Modi to China after he came to power in 2014. Due to Pakistan's cross-border terror policy vis-à-vis India, it is unlikely that hostilities between the two countries will cease anytime soon on our western border.

The SCO is an important forum for global and regional peace and security and promoting mutually beneficial cooperation between member states. Noting that the the global situation is undergoing a profound change, Wang said, "China and India are natural partners in cooperation".

China's Belt and Road Initiative of transport and energy links, which bypasses India but involves nearly all its neighbours, became another bone of contention because a part of it runs through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, ignoring India's sovereignty concerns.

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