India keeps expectations low ahead of Modi-Xi meet

Chinese President Xi jinping speaks to heads of the delegation of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 23

Swaraj, Sitharaman to attend SCO meet today

During the meeting, the foreign minister and vice president discussed various bilateral, regional and global issues and agreed to continue strategic communications between Pakistan and China on all issues. They will have in-depth exchange of views on overarching issues, he said.

In March, India issued an unprecedented ban on Tibetans holding a rally with the Dalai Lama in New Delhi to mark the 60th anniversary of the start of the failed uprising against Chinese rule.

She also said that India will participate in the SCO's Peace Mission joint military exercises being held in Russian Federation later this year.

The Pakistani foreign minister assured Wang that CPEC will not only contribute to the economic development of Pakistan but also have a salutary effect on the development of the region. China believes the meeting, in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, will reach important new consensus and promote the continued healthy development of ties going forward, he added. What they will not be doing is discussing specific issues like the unresolved border dispute or the United Nations designation of Pakistan-based Masood Azhar as a terrorist and other such issues. Meanwhile, sources in New Delhi said Modi and Xi would interact in a format of freewheeling exchanges, with strategic conversation to understand each other's perspective on national and global matters. The informal summit will also be a signal to other countries that India and China can dire-ctly engage with each other as and when the need arises.

Why is India Nervous with Chinese Investments in Iran's Chabahar Port? But India-China relations had become frayed in the last 12-months, including over the Doklam military standoff. Nepal is a traditional ally of India's, the daily writes.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at a bilateral meeting in Beijing. For instance, Beijing, so far, has not forcefully condemned any act of terrorism conducted by terrorist groups based in Pakistan.

India has also been strongly raising its voice, along with the United States and Japan, about the importance of freedom of navigation in the Asia-Pacific region, and has expressed its concerns at China's growing assertiveness in the region.

The SCO, headquartered in Beijing, was founded in 2001.

During her visit, EAM will co-chair the sixth round of India-Mongolia Joint Consultative Committee (IMJCC) meeting with Foreign Minister Tsogtbaatar, covering a range of issues including inter alia, political, strategic, economic, educational and cultural ties.

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