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NSG row behind them, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi holds talks with PM Modi, Sushma Swaraj

Vikas Swarup, spokesman MEA, tweeted, "A morning for neighbourly engagement. Chinese FM Wang Yi calls on PM @narendramodi."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
August 13, 2016 12:13:07 pm
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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the capital on Saturday. Wang who is on a three-day visit to India, from August 12-14, met also met Exteral Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj. Wang who arrived in India on Friday will hold talks with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj.

Both the countries are currently holding delegation level talks.

Vikas Swarup, spokesperson MEA, tweeted, “A morning for neighbourly engagement. Chinese FM Wang Yi calls on PM @narendramodi.”

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Wang Yi on Friday arrived in Goa to discuss about preparations for the BRICS summit scheduled for October, and said the event will put the coastal state on a higher pedestal. Yi, after landing in Goa, met Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar at the state secretariat where both the leaders discussed about preparations for the forthcoming summit. The meeting lasted for over an hour.

“I have come here because BRICS summit is being held in Goa. I have seen friendly sentiments from the people of Goa,” Yi told reporters in the presence of Parsekar. “Goa has a beautiful landscape, beaches and people. Goa is one of the best in the world. I am sure BRICS summit will put Goa at a higher pedestal.”

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China on Friday had said that its Wang Yi will discuss with the Indian leadership how to make the G20 summit in Hangzhou and the BRICS summit in Goa successful besides carrying forward the consensus reached by both nations to enhance mutually beneficial cooperation. Both sides are also expected to have candid discussions over China blocking India’s bid to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and New Delhi’s move to bring about a UN ban on leader of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad terror group, Masood Azhar.

“As the two largest developing countries and emerging markets, China and India will respectively hold the G20 Hangzhou Summit in September and the BRICS Summit in October,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said in a statement. “During the visit, discussion about the two important summits will be on the top of the agenda for the purpose of building up consensus and making the summits successful,” she said about Wang’s visit to New Delhi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to take part in the G20 summit to be held in China’s Hangzhou city in the first week of next month followed by President Xi Jinping’s participation in the BRICS summit in Goa in October.

Significantly, Wang’s visit also comes just days after Chinese troops “transgressed” the border on land and by air in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand last month.

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