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Sushma Swaraj to visit China later this week

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

will visit later this week to participate in the Foreign Ministers meeting of the Cooperation Organisation (SCO) during which she will also hold talks with her Chinese counterpart

Swaraj, who will be arriving in on April 21, is expected to meet Wang on April 22. She is scheduled to take part in the SCO Foreign Ministers meeting on April 24, official sources here said.

This will be their first meeting after Wang has been elevated last month to be the State Councillor, which makes him the top in the Chinese hierarchy. He will hold the dual posts of the and Foreign Minister.

After her visit, she will travel to Magnolia.

Swaraj and are visiting virtually around the same time. Sitharaman is due to take part in the SCO Defence Ministers meeting on April 24.

The SCO meetings are a prelude to the June summit of the eight-member grouping in which and have become new members.

is expected to take part in the SCO summit to be held in the Chinese city of in June.

Foreign and Defence Ministers of are also expected to attend the April 24 meetings.

The SCO iscomprised of China,Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and

Visits by Swaraj and Sitharaman are taking place as and have stepped up high-level exchanges to defuse tensions following last year's Dokalam standoff.

On April 13,met Yang Jiechi, of and member of the ruling Communist Party of China, in during which the two sides held in-depth talks on improving the relations.

Both sides also heldthe meeting and the fifth Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED).

and also held working mechanism meeting on border affairs and cross border rivers.

Commenting on the meetings, told the media here yesterday that bilateral ties have seen sound momentum and all round cooperation this year.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 10:00 IST
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