China reassures Pakistan on ties ahead of Xi's meeting with India's Modi

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj left shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Diaoyutai State Guest House in Beijing

A whiff of Sino-Indian détente is in the air

Last time Narendra Modi met Xi Jinping at his hometown Xi'an in western China which is a historic city and is deeply connected with India-China relations. Sources in the know said the Wuhan meet will be held in a restricted format and the two leaders may only be joined by two note-takers-cum-interpreters.

The move toward rapprochement was facilitated by a meeting between Xi and PM Modi last September, when they held their first talks since defusing a border stand-off in remote region between India, Bhutan and China's Tibet region.

"In a separate article, quoting analysts, the newspaper said the "...meeting between Chinese and Indian leaders this weekend is expected to be a landmark move to sustain the good momentum of significant yet fragile bilateral relations".

The two leaders also underlined that maintaining peace and tranquility in the India-China border areas is an essential pre-requisite for the smooth development of bilateral relations.

"Indian films are becoming increasingly popular in China".

Xi made the remark while meeting with senior diplomats of the members of the SCO at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

The visit of Sitharaman and Suhma Swaraj comes ahead of an informal meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in China on April 27-28.

Pakistan and China on Monday resolved to further enhance and deepen bilateral cooperation with the pledge to play a key role for regional stability through Shanghai Coordination Cooperation.

Her discussions with Mr. Wang also focused on their perspectives on counter-terrorism and collaborative efforts to address other global challenges, such as climate change, sustainable development and global healthcare.

There is deep-rooted suspicion in New Delhi over the Beijing-Islamabad military nexus.

The arrangement for the informal meeting between the two heads of the state have been reached after consultation between the two countries, Lu told a media briefing. His Chinese counterpart termed Pakistan and China as close friends, all-weather strategic and cooperative partners.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Monday said that Pakistan and China have proven the viability of the Belt and Road Initiative through its flagship project, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Xi is also extending Modi the rare honour of a meeting outside of Beijing, which nearly never happens unless there is a multilateral summit taking place.

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