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Modi, Xi Begin “Informal” Summit in Wuhan The Indian Prime Minister and Chinese President are looking to reset frosty ties between the two large neighbours

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PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping began their two-day “informal” summit in the Chinese city of Wuhan on Friday, looking to reset frosty ties between the two large neighbours.

The summit comes months after a recent intense standoff at the Himalayan border in Doklam after India accused China of constructing a road in the disputed territory. The situation was diffused only after India pulled its troops from what appeared to be an eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation.

China has been an aggressive player in the region and its significant influence over India’s neighbours has often led to sticky situations like the recent political tussle in the Maldives. China’s Belt and Road Initiative has also been a niggling thorn for India.

“President Xi and I will exchange views on a range of issues of bilateral and global importance. We will discuss our respective visions and priorities for national development, particularly in the context of current and future international situation. We will also review the developments in the India-China relations from a strategic and long-term perspective,” Modi said in a statement before his departure.

Modi was welcomed by Xi on his arrival at the Hubei provincial museum and then got a personal tour of the Chinese relics. They then sat down for a one-on-one meeting which was followed by delegation-level talks.

 

Not many analysts believe that the summit will lead to a big breakthrough but hope such interactions will lead to better relations between the two giant economies of the world.

Modi, who is spending only 24 hours in the city, was enthusiastically welcomed on his arrival by the Indian community.

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