Xi, Modi might reach important consensus to resolve 'outstanding issues': China

Gladys Abbott
April 25, 2018

India's foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, did not show support for the project as foreign ministers of the China and Russia-led Shanghai Cooperation Organisation met in Beijing - an organisation which India and Pakistan joined previous year.

Sitharaman will attend the SCO defence ministers' meeting, whereas Swaraj will take part in foreign ministers' meeting.

Wang Qishan appreciated Pakistan's active participation in the SCO and looked forward to participation of the President of Pakistan in the SCO Qingdao Summit to be held in June 2018.

Sitharaman, who arrived here on Modnay, is also scheduled to meet her Chinese counterpart during the course of her visit.

Asked whether the Doklam standoff and the boundary issue will figure in the talks between Prime Minister Modi and President Xi, Kong said the two leaders chose to hold informal summit "because both the countries attach great importance to each other in external strategy, not because of the boundary question that still remained unresolved, that we need to talk about it during the informal summit".

"Many countries are becoming inward focused and globalisation is shrinking and such tendencies can't be considered lesser risk than terrorism or climate change", the Indian PM had said.

"My discussion with Minister Wang Yi was to prepare for the informal meeting between our leaders".

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Following the establishment of "International Solar Alliance" in December 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted its Founding Conference in New Delhi in March, during which the "Delhi Solar Agenda" was adopted, she said.

"It is very rare for two major countries like China and India to meet together so frequently", said Qian Feng, a researcher on worldwide relations with Tsinghua University in Beijing.

"The summit will not only benefit the two countries but will also deliver peace and development in the region and beyond, he said. Indeed, as the world has now realised, there are no good terrorists", she said in the presence of Pakistan Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan.

Many issues have pressed the already weakened the ties over the a year ago, however, efforts are now being made to reconcile strategic ties between the two nations.

India and Pakistan were admitted a year ago into the organisation in which China plays an influential role.

Against that backdrop, former Indian foreign secretary S. Jaishankar told India's Asian News International that the summit was "certainly a very bold step".

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