Summit to be held in Mamallapuram, Chennai
The Indian Ministry of External Affairs said, ‘Chief of the People’s Republic of China’ Xi Jinping will be in Chennai on October 11-12 for the second informal summit at the invitation of Prime Minister Modi. It said that this would be an occasion when the two leaders would take forward their discussions on urgent issues of bilateral, regional and global importance. The summit will be held in the ancient coastal town of Mamallapuram near Chennai.
The issue of Jammu and Kashmir may arise
The delay in official announcement to attend the informal summit of Xi in Mamallapuram near Chennai is understood to be due to India’s decision to scrap Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcate it into two union territories. And there is an uneasy situation in China’s relations.
At the same time, sources related to the summit between PM Modi and Xi Jinping said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will apprise him of India’s perspective on raising the issue of Kashmir during Xi’s visit to India. He told that India’s stand on Kashmir is very clear and if Xi raises the issue, PM Modi will explain our stand to him.
The focus will be on deepening the relationship
Sources said that in the second informal summit between PM Modi and Xi, the focus will be on exploring comprehensive ways to deepen ties. Sources said trade, political ties, ways to deal with terrorism will be discussed in the talks. Along with this, talks will also be held on maintaining peace and harmony on the border.
Jinping will also visit Nepal
Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying announced that the second informal summit between Xi and PM Modi will be held on October 11 and 12 in the ancient coastal town of Mamallapuram near Chennai. He said Xi would go on a state visit to Nepal on October 13. However, on China’s objection to declaring Ladakh as a Union Territory, sources said that this has been done on the demand of the local population and it will not change its thinking about the border between the two countries.
Sources said that the visit of the Pakistani Prime Minister to China ahead of Xi’s visit to India is his bilateral matter. He said that the informal summit is very important and its overarching objective is to find a comprehensive path for the future development of India-China relations. He said that there is no plan to issue any agreement or joint statement after the meeting of PM Modi and Xi.
Xi’s visit has been announced at a time when Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa are on a visit to China. Ahead of Xi Jinping’s visit to India, China has said in an important statement that India and Pakistan will have to resolve the issue of Kashmir through mutual dialogue.
Both countries should work towards cooperation
At the same time, Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong said that India and China should resolve disputes peacefully through talks at the regional level and jointly elevate peace and stability.
In an exclusive interview to PTI, the Chinese envoy said that both India and China should go beyond the model of “management of differences” and maximize efforts to shape bilateral relations and shared development through the accumulation of positive energy. Work should be done in the direction of cooperation.
“At the regional level, we must resolve disputes peacefully through dialogue and consultation and jointly uphold regional peace and stability,” he said.