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India, China review progress in bilateral ties

IANS  |  Beijing 

and have reviewed progress in the bilateral ties and discussed ways to strengthen them as Indian Misri met Chinese here.

Both of them took stock of positive developments since the informal summit and exchanged views on further strengthening of India-relations, the said in a statement.

New Delhi-ties have been on the upswing after Indian and Chinese met in last April.

Meanwhile, a report in the Japanese media said that Xi might travel to before the upcoming to meet Modi in a Wuhan-like format.

The said in the report: "Xi intends to visit as early as February in a move seen at countering Washington's increasingly antagonistic trade policy and aggressive Indo-Pacific

"Xi hopes to visit ahead of India's due by May. An Indian source said the visit would be in February at the earliest, but a Chinese source said it will be after China's National People's in March."

When contacted by IANS, a diplomatic source denied knowledge of such a meet.

Another official pleaded ignorance about the matter.

Earlier, a source told IANS that trade will be a major focus in the bilateral ties with pushing for more access to Chinese markets.

Indian has a $57 billion trade deficit with China, which is its largest trade partner.

Although the festering border dispute is a key irritant between the two nations, and India have pledged not to let it affect other aspects of their ties.

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First Published: Thu, January 24 2019. 11:40 IST