PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and is expected to raise New Delhi’s concerns on the proposed China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, government sources told The Indian Express.
Modi’s meeting with Xi is expected to be one of his first engagements after he lands in Hangzhou for the G-20 summit on September 4-5.
Sources said they may once again talk about the issue of India’s membership bid into Nuclear Suppliers Group, which was blocked by Beijing in June this year.
Much of this conversation has happened in August, when Chinese Foreign minister Wang Yi met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Delhi.
The Prime Minister’s first destination will be Vietnam from where he will leave for Hangzhou on September 3 to attend the G-20 summit on September 4 and 5. He will return to India on September 5 and will leave for Laos on a two-day visit to attend the annual India-ASEAN and East Asia Summits.
In Vietnam, Modi will hold wide-ranging talks with top leadership of the resource-rich country to deepen ties in key areas of defence, security and trade, and ramping up India’s engagement in oil exploration.
At the G-20 Summit, India is likely to raise a host of issues ranging from choking terror funding and checking tax evasion to cutting cost of remittances and market access for key drugs.
Secretary (west) Sujata Mehta said issues like global tax reform, climate friendly financing and market access for antibiotics are some of the issues likely to be discussed at the meetings.
At the 14th India-ASEAN summit on September 8, Modi is expected to pitch for expanding trade ties with the powerful grouping besides enhancing overall cooperation. The ASEAN summit will be followed by the 11th East Asia Summit.