Minister Sushma Swaraj is due to visit here this weekend to
take part in the foreign ministers' meeting of the SCO and
hold talks with her Chinese counterpart on its sidelines.
Swaraj, who will arrive here on April 21 for a four-day
visit, will hold talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi
on April 22 to take forward attempts by both countries to
reset ties strained by last year's 73-day Dokalam military
standoff as well as a host of other issues.
The issues of discord include the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) being built through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, China blocking India's entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) as well as its opposition to efforts to list Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN.
This will be Swaraj's first meeting with Wang after he
was elevated last month to be state councillor, which makes
him the top diplomat in the Chinese hierarchy. He holds the
dual posts of state councillor and foreign minister.
She is also scheduled take part in the Shanghai
Cooperation Organisation (SCO) foreign ministers' meeting on
April 24 besides meeting Chinese Hindi scholars and students,
official sources here said.
Foreign and defence ministers of Pakistan are also
expected to attend the April 24 meetings.
SCO, in which China plays an influential role, is
comprised of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia,
Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan.
The visit of Swaraj and Sitharaman were taking place as
India and China stepped up high level exchanges to defuse
tensions following the Dokalam standoff.
Ahead of Swaraj's talks with Wang, National Security
Advisor Ajit Doval met Director of China's Foreign Affairs
Commission and member of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) Yang Jiechi in Shanghai on April 13 during which the two sides held in-depth talks on improving relations.
Both sides also held the 11th Joint Economic Group
meeting and the fifth Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED).
Besides meetings between officials from the two foreign
ministries, both sides held working mechanism meeting on
border affairs and cross border rivers as well Disarmament and
Non-Proliferation Dialogue in which India's entry into the
Nuclear Suppliers Group was discussed.
Commenting on the meetings, Chinese Foreign Ministry
spokesperson Hua Chunying told media here yesterday that
bilateral ties between both countries "this year" are
developing with sound momentum and a number of meetings
between top officials have "seen" new progress and all round
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