Modi invited Xi Jinping for a 2019 summit in India
After the BJP’s enormous victory in the general elections 2019, its the first meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Xi will pay state visits to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan from June 12 to 16, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang declared on Sunday. An informal summit the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping is going to held in India next month.
The two leaders would meet on the side-lines of the SCO summit, this was declared by the Indian Ambassador to China, Vikram Misri last week. Recollecting last year’s successful first ever informal summit between Xi and Modi at Wuhan which was extensively considered a milestone in the bilateral ties.
Modi said,”I hope such informal summits become a tradition between both the countries. I’ll be happy if, in 2019, we can have such informal summit in India. This is perhaps for the first time that you have met a country’s leader more than once outside the capital, Beijing. This is a sign of the importance that you give to India as a country.”
The Beijing visit was organised to build the momentum for the second edition of the Modi-Xi summit, planned around October 10-12. The PM’s constituency, Varanasi was zeroed in on as the venue for the summit, but there have been second thoughts.
President Xi will travel to Tajikistan after the SCO summit, Lu said. Meantime, a delegation of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) ended its four-day visit to India on Saturday and both sides pledged to increase mutual trust and boost cooperation in different fields.
The BJP delegation was led by party general secretary Arun Singh, he tweets:
Talks between Modi and Xi covered both worldwide and bilateral issues, and the plan was to come up with a long-term vision for the relationship, while shelving recent problematic issues, from the border to China’s corridor through PoK, Officials said.
This was the first time that BJP organised a structured dialogue with a foreign counterpart. India’s verdict to repeal Article 370 and bilateral trade issues, including steps to expand the trade basket, were on the agenda of the dialogue that served as a confidence building measure, according to sources privy to the interactions.