India PM To Meet China's Jinping This Week

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi and discussed a host of bilateral issues and reviewed various aspects of bilateral relations and discussed regional and global issues of mutual interest.

PM Modi's April 27-28 visit can be compared to the 1988 visit by then Prime Minister Rajeev Gandhi who met then China's paramount leader Deng Xiaoping and reset the bilateral ties after the 1962 war.

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 worldwide issues and to enhance mutual understanding between them, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced in Beijing on Sunday after meeting External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

"While making efforts to progress our relations in diverse areas, we underlined that maintaining peace and tranquility in the India-China border areas is an essential prerequisite for the smooth development of bilateral relations", Swaraj said. "The two leaders will have discussions of a strategic nature concerning the once-in-a-century shifts going on in the world".

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BEIJING: Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif met with Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Diaoyutai State Guesthouse. They have to live side-by-side, so it is better to live as a family, said Dalai Lama while talking to reporters during an event at Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management in the national capital.

The summit meeting in Wuhan city has been planned to improve bilateral relations, Wang said. China has fostered closer ties with Pakistan in recent years, while India is revamping its military and bolstering its partnership with the United States.

"Against such back drop China and India have a lot to discuss". Issues including the 2017 Doklam's standoff between India and China along with terrorism, climate change, sustainable development and global healthcare are expected to be discussed during the EAM's China visit.

China also needs India's support for its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative involving major transport and energy projects in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives and Nepal.

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