PM Modi, Xi Jinping to meet in China on April 27-28

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

"Our common interests far outweigh our differences".

She also said, "Even two foreign ministers can not make the friendship of our countries stronger, than the students of China, who love the Hindi language".

Later he found power at 17, this will probably soon be the fourth visit to China of PM Modi. The summit is unprecedented as this is the first-time China is hosting an informal summit spanning about two days, signifying the importance it attaches to the bilateral ties bogged down with a host of issues past year including the Dokalam standoff lasting 73 days. In this sense, the summit recalls the 2014 meeting between former U.S. President Barack Obama and Xi at Sunnylands in California - that meeting also provided the two leaders with an informal setting in which to discuss their understandings of global issues broadly.

The meeting has already started.

On a four day visit to China, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan.

India has reciprocated the positive steps.

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Other areas of disagreement remain however between Beijing and New Delhi. Another official newspaper, the China Daily, said it remains to be seen whether the Modi-Xi summit "will live up to its billing as an unprecedented meeting" like the 1988 meeting between Rajiv and Deng.

"When two friends sit together, what do they want?" China and India are "natural partners" in cooperation.

The tabloid, usually known to be hostile towards India, said Beijing was hoping for friendly ties with New Delhi.

Modi's previously unannounced Wuhan trip is even more unusual in that he will visit China again in June for a summit in Qingdao of the China and Russia-led security grouping, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, which India joined previous year. Both the sides have much at stakes. It is a fact that China is militarily way ahead of India.

Kumar's pitch for soybean and sugar exports to China came amid the ongoing trade spat between the US and China following which Beijing had slapped 25 per cent tariffs on American soybean imports in a tit-for-tat retaliation to US President Donald Trump imposing tariffs on a range of Chinese products. Yet in Doklam, India was in a strategically advantageous position and the Indian Army was in a position to counter the People's Liberation Army (PLA) units.

During the meeting, Pakistan Ambassador to China Masood Khalid and other senior diplomats of both countries were also present. The meeting will take place in Wuhan, in China's Hubei province.

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