Beijing, April 23: In awake to push Indo-China relations to a new high, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to hold informal meet with Chinese Prez Xi Jinping on April 27-28 in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province. This meet would definitely add up to push bilateral relations on higher levels.
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the announcement on Sunday, on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meet. Wang Yi said that Xi and Modi will have strategic communication on the world's profound changes, and exchange, in an in-depth manner, views on overall, long-term and strategic issues regarding China-India relations.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who is sternly thriving to boost India China relations, said “maintaining peace with the border areas with China was an essential prerequisite for the smooth development of bilateral ties,” during the crucial talks held with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.
On Sunday, EAM Swaraj and Wang also exchanged views on cooperation on the multilateral arena and discussed their perspectives on counter-terrorism and collaborative efforts to address other global challenges, such as climate change and sustainable development.
Swaraj congratulated Wang on being elevated as state councillor and appointed the special representative for the India-China boundary talks. “We will work closely with the Chinese leadership to take India-China cooperation to new heights,” she said before the meeting.
“While making efforts to progress our relations in diverse areas, we underlined that maintaining peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas is an essential pre-requisite for the smooth development of bilateral ties,” she said in a press statement with Mr Wang after the meeting.
On this background, Xi and Modi decided to hold this informal meeting, which will help deepen mutual trust between the two leaders, make a strategic judgement on the world pattern and China-India relations, and guide the two countries to set new goals and open up new prospects for the bilateral ties, Wang said. The last meeting between Xi and Modi took place in China's southeastern city of Xiamen last September after the ninth BRICS summit.
Swaraj will attend the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) scheduled for Tuesday in Beijing. At the joint press briefing, Wang said the two countries would enhance coordination on the SCO platform, and work together for fruitful outcomes of the upcoming SCO summit in east China's coastal city of Qingdao in June, with China taking the rotating chair.
The two countries will work with other member states to promote the SCO to play a more constructive role in boosting regional security and stability as well as prosperity and development, Wang said.