After the chill in their relationship following a 73-day military stand-off in the eastern sector of the border last year, both sides have been trying to mend fences.
It is apparent from Bambawale's host of meetings with influential government think tanks in the past few months where the talks are largely understood to have revolved around repairing the damage to bilateral ties done by Doklam stand-off.
The Department has more say in formulating China's foreign policy than the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
"They shared ideas for further strengthening bilateral exchanges and visits, following up on their first meeting on January 4," the Indian Embassy said here.
Between Sitharaman and Modi, more visits and dialogues are expected between both sides.
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