Narendra Modi to meet Xi Jinping

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Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit this week at Bishkek. The Chinese premier will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi here and this will be the first meeting between the two leaders after BJP’s massive victory in the recent Lok Sabha elections.

The two-day SCO summit will take place on June 13 and June 14 next in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The SCO is a China-led eight-member economic and security bloc. India and Pakistan were admitted to the group in 2017.

From June 12 to 14, President Xi will pay a state visit to Kyrgyzstan and attend SCO summit.

Indian Ambassador to China Vikram Misri said last week that the two leaders would meet on the sidelines of the SCO summit.

“It is worth mentioning that last year, our leaders met four times on the sidelines of different multi-lateral meetings,” Indian Ambassador to China Vikram Misri had said earlier, recalling about last year’s Wuhan summit between India and China.

It may be mentioned here that post the Wuhan summit, both the countries stepped up efforts to improve relations on different spheres including the military-to-military ties.

Modi and Xi was largely credited to have turned around the bilateral relations soured by the 73-day Doklam standoff, triggered by Chinese troops attempts to build a road close to Indian border in an area also claimed by Bhutan in 2017.

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