Xi to visit India in 2019 for Wuhan-style informal meet

10 June, 2018, 02:11 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Meeting of the SCO heads of government

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani walks to his auto after walking out from the airplane upon his arrival at Qingdao Liuting International Airport in Qingdao, China´s Shandong province on June 8, 2018, where he is to take part in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), 18th annual summit.

"On 9th and 10th June, I will be in Qingdao, China to take part in the annual SCO Summit".

The meeting is taking place weeks after the two leaders held an informal summit in the central Chinese city of Wuhan during which they exchanged views on solidifying the relationship between the two Asian powers.

India said past year that China had not stuck to an agreement to share hydrological data, or scientific information on the movement, distribution and quality of water for the Brahmaputra river.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in China on Saturday to attend the 2-day long 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit.

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To boost economic and commercial linkages, the two countries are looking at sugar and non-basmati rice exports by India to China, Gokhale said.

He also said he would be holding multiple meetings with the heads of various SCO member states on the sidelines of the summit.

Participants at the summit will discuss about issues including information security, combating cross-border crime and the formation of permanent bodies to ensure law enforcement and security, he said.

The other new member state this year is Pakistan, a country India has held numerous exciting discussions with over the years.

India and China also signed agreements in the presence of PM Narendra Modi and President of China Xi Jinping. The numbers have climbed further after the accession of India and Pakistan.

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The summit will focus on enhancing cooperation to address the challenges of terrorism, drug trafficking, cross-border crimes, information security threats, Liao Jinrong, head of the global cooperation department with the Ministry of Public Security, said at a media briefing ahead of the summit, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

On Friday, PM Modi said he was excited to lead the Indian delegation for the SCO's first-ever meeting with the country as a full member.

This is the second meeting between Modi and Xi this year and the 14th in the past four years.

Armored vans lined the streets of the coastal city of Qingdao as world leaders arrived Friday for the 18th annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a regional security bloc led by China and Russian Federation.

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