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Sushma Swaraj Meets Wang Yi on The Sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

Sushma Swaraj Meets Wang Yi on The Sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

The two leaders will hold an "informal summit" in the city of Wuhan on Friday and Saturday, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said after talks with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj. "We agreed that as two major countries and large emerging economies, healthy development of India-China relations is important for the emergence of an Asian century", Swaraj said, adding that the commonalities outweigh the differences.

"The informal Summit will be an important occasion for them to exchange views on bilateral and global matters from an over-arching and long-term perspective with the objective of enhancing mutual communication at the level of leaders", Swaraj said in a press briefing after the meeting. The two leaders had very in depth exchange and reached important consensus on furthering the China-India relationship.

Following the Dokalam standoff previous year, both countries have increased their dialogue to scale down tensions and improve their relations with talks at various levels. Xi is also extending Modi the rare honour of a meeting outside of Beijing, which nearly never happens unless there is a multilateral summit taking place.

"The informal summit will be an important occasion for them to exchange views on bilateral and global matters from an over-arching and long-term perspective with the objective of enhancing mutual communication at the level of leaders", Swaraj had said.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is on a six-day visit to China and Mongolia from April 21-26.

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"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 informal nature and timing of the summit indicates that first, both sides want to be able to discuss all topics in a free and cordial manner without the standard formalities", Kumar said. Due to Pakistan's cross-border terror policy vis-à-vis India, it is unlikely that hostilities between the two countries will cease anytime soon on our western border.

Besides meetings between officials from the two foreign ministries, both sides also held working mechanism meetings on border affairs and cross border rivers as well disarmament and non-proliferation dialogue in which India's entry into NSG was discussed. "That is very useful", he told chairman of China's National Development Reforms Commission (NDRC) He Lifeng at the meeting.

Welcoming the SCO foreign ministers, President Xi said the SCO set a new pilot model for mutual respect, as well as a just, fair, win-win relationship, since its founding 17 years ago.

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