Wuhan, Apr 27: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Wuhan City to hold informal summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The two leaders will meet at the Hubei Provincial Museum on Friday. Modi-Xi meeting is expected to improve bilateral ties hit by a tense border standoff in Doklam and differences over several sticky issues. This is the fourth visit of Modi to China after he came to power in 2014. He is again due to visit China to take part in the SCO summit to be held at Qingdao city on June 9-10. Stay with us for LIVE UPDATES on Modi-Xi meeting.
Earlier on Thursday, ahead of his departure, PM Modi had said,”President Xi and I will exchange views on a range of issues of bilateral and global importance. We will discuss our respective visions and priorities for national development, particularly in the context of current and future international situation.”
On Friday, the two leaders will hold talks at the sprawling East Lake Guest House. Before the talks, the duo will tour the Hubei Provincial Museum for about an hour. Later in the day, dinner will be hosted by President Xi at the East Lake Guest House in central Wuhan.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, the two leaders will more spend time without their aides. Modi and Xi will walk along the banks of a lake and take a ride on a boat together. This will be followed by a private lunch hosted by the Chinese President.
Speaking on the meeting, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou on Tuesday had said the two leaders will try to reach important consensus to resolve outstanding issues and build mutual trust during their talks in Wuhan.
The summit is being seen as an effort by both the sides to mend their relations following the Doklam stand-off last year. A few days back, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was on a four-day visit to China to participate in the foreign ministers’ meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).