Published: Sun, April 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

India moves to fix ties with China

India moves to fix ties with China

PTI said quoting sources that during the informal summit, Modi and Xi will seek to agree to a new paradigm for bilateral relations that have been marred by a number of disputes and differences.

The summit will have "important impact on peace in the region and the world at large", Wang Yi said, adding that the two sides were working to make this a new milestone in bilateral relations.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived in China on Saturday on a four-day visit to take part in the foreign ministers' meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

"We see socialism with Chinese characteristics entering a new era and India acts as a crucial stage in its development and revitalization".

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Sushma Swaraj will attend the SCO foreign ministerial-level meeting on April 24 and leave for Mongolia. "It is against this backdrop that President Xi and Prime Minister Modi have made a decision to hold the informal summit", he added. Pakistan was also granted full membership of the grouping in 2017.

This was their first meeting after Wang was elevated as state councillor last month which makes him the top diplomat of the country in the Chinese hierarchy.

During her stay in Beijing, Swaraj is also expected to interact with the foreign ministers of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Pakistan. Following the Dokalam standoff past year, both countries increased their dialogue to scale down tensions and improve their relations with talks at various levels.

A host of issues, including regional security and terrorism, would be discussed at the meeting which is a preparatory meet ahead of the SCO summit to be held in the Chinese city of Qingdao in June with Prime Minister Narendra Modi also scheduled to take part in it. National Security Adviser Ajit Doval was in Shanghai last month, where he met Yang Jiechi, Politburo member and director of the newly formed Central Foreign Affairs Commission (CFAC). During her visit, Swaraj will co-chair the 6th round of India-Mongolia Joint Consultative Committee (IMJCC) meeting with Tsogtbaatar, covering a range of issues including, inter alia, political, strategic, economic, educational and cultural ties.

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