PM Narendra Modi landed in China on 26th April for a ‘heart-to-heart’ summit to hold informal, one-on-one talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. This two-day visit is quite crucial as both the nations look forward to finding solutions for some of the most contentious issues like the border dispute. This is the first time that the leaders of the two countries are going to hold one-on-one talks after the Dokalam stand-off.
As PM Modi landed in China, he got a warm welcome from the officials:
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) April 26, 2018
The informal talks are set to begin after lunch on Friday. The two leaders are scheduled to visit the Hubei Provincial Museum that is adorned with several state-level historic and cultural relics. A special exhibition has been organized at this museum. There are 6 meetings scheduled across the span of 24 hours including a dinner by the side of famous East Lake.
Apart from the one-on-one conversations, there will be talks between the two leaders accompanied by 6 top officials from each side. On Saturday, the two will resume their one-on-one interaction at 10 am that also includes a boat ride and some more talks over lunch.
As of now, no joint statement has been released, but it’s anticipated that both India and China may release separate statements over the informal talks. Media reports also suggest that these cannot be labeled as structured meetings or even delegation level talks. Also, the conversation is not going to focus on specifics like terrorism or NSG membership.
Recently, in the last week, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also visited Beijing and some crucial developments were seen after the meet. China not only agreed to resume the annual military exercise at the border but also obliged to share the hydrological data of rivers that is vital to predicting the natural calamities in eastern India.