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Swaraj to visit China this week, to take part in SCO meet

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

The India-rapprochement

post-Dokalam is set to pick up as External Affairs

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

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-Economic Corridor (CPEC) being built through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, blocking India's entry into the (NSG) as well as its opposition to efforts to list 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 in the Chinese hierarchy. He holds the

dual posts of and foreign

She is also scheduled take part in the

Cooperation Organisation (SCO) foreign ministers' meeting on

April 24 besides meeting Chinese Hindi scholars and students,

official sources here said.

Swaraj and will be

visiting virtually around the same time. Sitharaman is

also due to take part in the SCO defence ministers' meeting on

April 24.

The SCO meetings are a prelude to the summit of the

eight-member group 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


Foreign and defence ministers of 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, and Pakistan.

The visit of Swaraj and Sitharaman were taking place as

and China stepped up high level exchanges to defuse

tensions following the Dokalam standoff.

Ahead of Swaraj's talks with Wang, National Security

met of China's Foreign Affairs

Commission and member of the ruling (CPC) in on April 13 during which the two sides held in-depth talks on improving relations.

Both sides also held the

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

was discussed.

Commenting on the meetings,

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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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 19:35 IST