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Modi to visit China on April 27 for summit talks with President Xi Jinping

The Prime Minister will be visiting China at the invitation of President Xi Jinping, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at a joint media event with visiting External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a summit meeting in Wuhan city in China from April 27 to 28 to improve bilateral relations, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced in Beijing on Sunday.

Mr. Modi will be visiting the central Chinese city at the invitation of Mr. Xi, Mr. Wang said at a joint media event with visiting External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj after their talks.

Ms. Swaraj is in China for talks with Mr. Wang and to take part in the two-day meeting of Foreign Ministers of the eight-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) from April 23.

Informed sources told PTI that it will be an informal summit meeting between Mr. Xi and Mr. Modi during which both leaders will try to work out a new paradigm for the bilateral ties bogged down with a host of disputes and differences.

This will be fourth visit of Mr. 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 a series of high level interactions between the two countries, starting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang’s visit to India in December, the first after Doklam standoff.

It was followed by two meetings between National Security Adviser 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) in Beijing recently.

Besides meetings between officials from the two Foreign Ministries, 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 Sunday’s talks between Ms. Swaraj and Mr. Wang.