Sushma Swaraj meets Chinese President Xi Jinping

Sushma Swaraj meets Chinese President Xi Jinping

All member countries support the initiatives China has proposed in order to promote the SCO development and enhance cooperation between the member countries, and are willing to cooperate with China to make joint efforts in preparations for the Qingdao summit to ensure the success of the meeting, the foreign ministers said. The two scheduled visits in quick succession are being seen as an attempt at resetting India-China ties after the 73 day Doklam standoff previous year. It will be one of the rare occasions when Xi Jinping will be travelling outside Beijing to Wuhan City to host Prime Minsiter Modi in the "informal summit" on April 27 and 28.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, along with foreign ministers of other Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member countries, met Chinese President Xi Jinping here at the Great Hall Monday.

"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 in a press briefing after the meeting.

On the basis of mutual trust and benefit and discussing issues as equals, China will also jointly draw blueprints for defense and security cooperation and continuously innovate the cooperation model so as to create a better system for such cooperation and improve the organization's capability in shielding against threats, Xi said.

A Modi trip to China had always been rumored amid reports of Indian attempts to "reset" bilateral relations with China, but the announcement for an end-April summit is especially quick.

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The foreign minister said the meeting was held in a very cordial atmosphere. The two leaders will be holding a meeting in China's Wuhan city. Beijing and New Delhi's relations have also been strained thanks to India's early April invitation for the Dali Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh.

The ground work for the high-profile visit was cemented by Sushma Swaraj who met her counterpart Wang. 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.

The Minister appreciated the way Indian films are becoming increasingly popular in neighboring country China.

Elaborating further, the foreign ministry spokesman said India and China maintained close communication including the arrangements for venue and other issues, he said. This week's meeting between Xi and Modi comes months after the two countries resolved a tense border standoff.

Modi's nationalist government has reversed course on its relationship with Beijing apparently after realising its hard line on China was not working.

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