【New Delhi】Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Argentina next month.
Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui on October 15 disclosed the Modi-Xi meeting plans along the sidelines of the annual multilateral conference. Luo said China's State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi is also scheduled to visit India in December for the launch of the first India-China high-level people-to-people exchange mechanism.
The ambassador was speaking at the inauguration of the first Joint India-China Training Programme for Afghan diplomats here. He said the event was just the first step in Sino-India cooperation on Afghanistan and collaboration will deepen in future.
○Chinese troops intrude again a few weeks before PM Modi and President Xi's meet
【New Delhi】A group of Chinese Army personnel briefly came to the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh's Dibang Valley in July but returned after Indian security personnel objected to it, official sources said. The incident took place around July 25, a few weeks before Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping. The development comes a year after the 72-day military face-off between Indian and Chinese troops at Doklam Plateau in western Bhutan.
More than 10 Chinese soldiers were spotted in the upper Dibang region of the northeastern state. Locals photographed them and brought the matter to the notice of Indian Army officials, who asked the PLA troops to return. The crossover that took place in July but came to light on October 15 ahead of the scheduled Modi-Xi meeting on the sidelines of G20 summit in Buenos Aires in Argentina where the two leaders will discuss bilateral issues. The G20 summit will be held on November 30-December 1.
Modi and Xi had met twice following their informal summit in Wuhan — at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in June in Qingdao, China, and at the Brics summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, in July. After the Wuhan summit, the two countries decided to bury the ghosts of Doklam and move ahead to maintain peace and tranquillity along the 3,488-km Line of Actual Control. When the defence ministers of the two sides met in August, they also agreed on "greater interaction at the working level". The intrusion happening within a few months was dealt with laid-down procedures. The Chinese troops responded positively when it was pointed out to them that they strayed into what is perceived to be the Indian territory. Due to a difference in perceptions about the border, transgression of PLA troops into Indian territory is a regular affair. But the number of such crossovers can vary in accordance with bilateral relations.
"Due to changing perception of the Line of Actual Control, patrols do go till their perception. The PLA soldiers did that. On being conveyed, the Chinese patrols returned to their territory," Army sources told Deccan Herald.
○India says China agrees to increase imports from country: Minister Suresh Prabhu
【New Delhi】India's trade minister Suresh Prabhu said on October 26 that China has agreed to increase its imports from the country.
"Global disruptions offer a chance to increase Indian exports," Prabhu said at an event organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). Prabhu said Chinese authorities will hold a meeting in November specifically with Indian exporters to address their concerns relating to market access and trade regulations.
India's trade deficit with China is its widest with any country, with large amounts of electronics and other items flowing across the border with its northern neighbour. The Indian government said on October 25 it is set to boost exports of rice and rapeseed to China to try to narrow this gap.
Modi, Xi to meet on G20 sidelines in Argentina: Chinese envoy
Chinese troops enter Indian side, a year after Doklam
Chinese troops briefly came to Indian side in Dibang Valley in Arunachal Pradesh
India says China agrees to increase imports from country: Minister Suresh Prabhu
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