External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today met her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Beijing and discussed a host of bilateral issues and ways to step up the pace of high-level interactions to improve the relationship.
This was their first meeting after Wang was elevated as state councillor last month which makes him the top diplomat of the country in the Chinese hierarchy. He also continues to be the foreign minister.
Speaking at a joint briefing after bilateral talks, Mrs Swaraj said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will visit China on 27th and 28th April for an informal summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the city of Wuhan.
She said the informal summit will be an important occasion for them to exchange views on bilateral and international matters from an over-arching and long-term perspective with the objective of enhancing mutual communication at the level of leaders.
She said Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through the Nathu La route will be resumed this year. The External Affairs Minister said, the two sides reviewed various aspects of bilateral relations and discussed regional and international issues of mutual interest.
Mrs Swaraj was received by Mr Wang at the Diaoyutai State Guest House ahead of their bilateral meeting. She reached Beijing yesterday on a four-day visit to take part in the foreign ministers’ meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).
In her initial remarks, Mrs Swaraj congratulated Mr Wang on being elevated as state councillor and appointed as the special representative for the India-China boundary talks.
Mr Wang said the bilateral ties have witnessed a good development and shown a positive momentum this year under the guidance of the top leaders of the two nations.
He said, India’s membership to the SCO has expanded the organisation’s potential and its influence, as well as providing a new platform for the India-China cooperation.