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Will review India-China relationship from a strategic and long-term perspective : PM Modi

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi before his all-important meeting with the Chinese President on Thursday said that he and Chinese President Xi Jinping will review Sino-Indian relationship from a strategic and long-term perspective when they meet at Wuhan on April 27-28.

In a statement made in New Delhi, he 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,” he said.

“We will also review the developments in the India-China relations from a strategic and long-term perspective.”

After a 73-day military stand-off between the two countries on the Doklam plateau in the India-Bhutan-China trijunction last year, the upcoming meeting is said to have its own importance in resolving the relationship between both the countries.

Two ministers from the Modi Cabinet, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had visited China for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) ministerial meetings earlier this week.

PM Modi’s visit is being compared to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s 1988 visit, who met then China’s paramount leader Deng Xiaoping and reset the bilateral ties strained since the 1962 war.

 

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