New Delhi, November 18: Commencing his official five day visit to China with a delegation on Wednesday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss issues including combating cross-border terrorism with his Chinese counterpart.
As the two countries seek to step up security cooperation in the backdrop of Paris terror attacks, Singh said “I'm looking forward to my visit to China and he hoped that this visit would help in deepening of mutual understanding and trust”.
Singh, the first Home Minister to visit China in about a decade said, “During my China visit I intend to further strengthen the tradition of mutual learning and better understanding from each other.”
During the visit, he will call on the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and hold bilateral talks with Guo Shengkun, State Councillor and Minister, Ministry of Public Security in Beijing tomorrow followed by the signing of a Joint Statement.
He is the highest ranking Indian Minister to visit China this year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit in May during which both sides agreed to deepen relations in all aspects while addressing the vexed border issue.
Rajnath Singh will hold a meeting with Meng Jianzhu, Secretary of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China and visit a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Unit besides a local Police Station on Friday.
The Union Home Minister will leave Beijing for Shanghai on Saturday where he will visit the city’s Command and Control Centre on Monday.
Officials on both sides say Singh's visit is taking place after steady development of relations on political, economic and military fronts by both the countries.
His talks with Guo are expected to cover a host of security issues, including cross-border terrorism from Pakistan, which has emerged as a "joint source" for infiltration of militants for both India and China.
Under pressure from China, Pakistan military in recent months has carried major operations in the tribal areas where East Turkistan militants have bases.
Besides issues relating to terrorism, Singh is expected to discuss bilateral cooperation between in curbing the arms supplies to rebel groups in India's North Eastern states as well as counterfeit currency and smuggling along the borders.
The two countries also look to improve cooperation between various security agencies including the intelligence groups.
"Both sides have improved their relations to an extent that we have free and frank discussions on all contentious issues which helped to improve trust, previously lacking," an Indian official told PTI here.
Shivraj Patil was the last Indian Home Minister to visit China in 2005.