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Terror, climate change, economy rule talks as Sushma Swaraj meets Russian, Chinese foreign ministers

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is the first top Chinese official to visit India since the 74-day standoff in Doklam earlier this year.

Terrorism, economic development and global issues such as climate change and food security were discussed when External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met her counterparts from China and Russia, Wang Yi and Sergey Lavrov, at the 15th round of Russia-India-China Trilateral Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in New Delhi on Monday.

“We discussed terrorism, political scenario in Middle East and North Africa, different challenges in putting the world economy back on growth track, transnational organised crime, illicit drug trafficking, food security and climate change,” the Financial Express quoted Swaraj as saying.

Swaraj also held bilateral talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. He is the first high-level officer from China to visit India after the Doklam standoff in June 2017, PTI reported. Wang will also attend an India-China cultural event in the evening.

Ahead of his visit, Wang said the diplomatic handling of the Doklam standoff showed the importance of the bilateral relations between New Delhi and Beijing, and that China values its friendship with India as “we are each other’s big neighbours and ancient civilisations”.

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