The SINO Files: India and China hitting the reset button


This is the first time that the Foreign Minister would be participating in the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers' meeting after membership of Pakistan in SCO.

Framing Modi's upcoming trip, Swaraj said that the India-China relationship "flows from the understanding reached by the two leaders past year that India-China ties are a factor for stability in a period of global changes and have a common responsibility for peace, security and prosperity in the world".

Narendra Modi will travel to China on April 27 and 28 for the informal summit in Wuhan, a commercial centre divided by the Yangtze and Han rivers. The reassurance assumes importance on the backdrop of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's scheduled meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping later this week.

She said: "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". The Dalai Lama has called on Tibetans to remain united as he sees what appears as India drifting towards a stronger relationship with China.

"Indian academia and political circles have agreed the country needs to develop cooperative ties with China".

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping this week, as relations between the world's two most-populous countries thaw after a tense border dispute a year ago.

Beijing has tried to hit back with its own taxes but it is apparent that China has a lot more to lose because it is the bigger seller of goods.

At Wuhan, the two leaders will "exchange views on overarching long term strategic issues as well as the latest trends of the world so that the world will develop in a more stable way", Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said here. New Delhi declined an invitation to participate in the inaugural Belt and Road Forum in Beijing in May 2017.

Nirmala Sitharaman, who arrived in Beijing last night, attended the defence ministers' meeting this morning, while Sushma Swaraj took part in the foreign ministers' meet. India has also raised concerns about an economic corridor China is building in Pakistan as the project cuts through Pakistan-administered Kashmir, disputed territory that New Delhi claims is illegally occupied.

There was no mention of the Xi-Modi meeting in comments made in front of reporters.

China is willing to work together with other SCO member countries to adhere to the organization charter and consensus reached by heads of state, the president said.