NEW DELHI: For his second informal meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping will arrive at India tomorrow.
The meeting is arranged in the ancient coastal town of Mahabalipuram near Chennai on Thursday and Friday and this is for the third time these two leaders are meeting after PM Modi's re-election, said officials while formally announcing the two-day India visit of Chinese President.
“There are ‘needless speculations’ why his visit was not announced earlier. We confirmed the dates but it was our unanimous decision that a formal public announcement will be given only a couple days before,” added the government source.
“The meeting is not meant for strengthening the ties between the two countries and no ‘No Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)’ or treaties will be signed together and need not expect any joint statements during this meeting, because this is truly informal and personal, officials added.
However, the President of the People's Republic of China H.E. Mr. Xi Jinping is coming over the invitation by PM Modi so this informal summit will provide an opportunity for the two leaders to continue their discussions on overarching issues of bilateral, regional and global importance.
“Bilateral, defense and border issues are expecting to be their discussion topics and at the same time India is looking for possible additional confidence-building measures for the India-China border but it will be announced only later when there are meetings on defense,” the sources further said.
Ahead of the India visit, China has strategically said that the Kashmir issue should be resolved between New Delhi and Islamabad, significantly omitting their recent statements in the UN and UN Security Council resolutions against India.
“All countries have issues with one or another country but we don’t see eye to eye on. India has some issues with China but there are no actions that should cause concern to the Chinese side from India. The issues are historical,” the government officials added.