Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said he would review Sino-India relations from a strategic and long-term perspective during his visit to China for an informal summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuhan on April 27 and 28, PTI reported. This meeting comes months after the strain in bilateral ties because of the military standoff at Doklam near Sikkim in August 2017.
“President Xi and I will exchange views on a range of issues of bilateral and global importance,” Modi said. “We will discuss our respective visions and priorities for national development, particularly in the context of current and future international situation.”
This will be Modi’s fourth visit to the country since 2014. He is due to visit China again on June 9 and June 10 for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit.
On April 23, China’s foreign ministry said bilateral discussions between the two leaders would focus on ensuring stable global development and inclusive globalisation. “The two sides believe the strategic and global significance of our relations have become more prominent and our common interests far outweigh our differences,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang had said, according to the Hindustan Times.
Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited the country earlier this week to attend Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s meetings with representatives from member nations.