China summit confirmed, with just two days to go

  • China summit confirmed, with just two days to go

China summit confirmed, with just two days to go

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold their second informal summit in Tamil Nadu's coastal town of Mamallapuram on October 11-12 to chart broader pathways for development, notwithstanding ties coming under strain over the issue of Kashmir. The main informal summit will be on October 12.

PM Modi will hold one-to-one and delegation-level talks with the Chinese President. Hence, elaborate arrangements have been made as per security norm.

This is the first positive sign amid a series of strong statements and moves that have adversely impacted the bilateral space before the informal summit.

China has apparently conveyed to India that it "has not changed its position on the Kashmir issue" and that it wants the issue to be resolved in a peaceful manner bilaterally between India and Pakistan.

More than a thousand Chinese companies have invested $8 billion in India and created 200,000 local jobs, and they must get a "more fair and friendly" business environment, said Beijing's ambassador to New Delhi on Tuesday.

On the long running border dispute between India and China, a legacy of their 1962 war, the person cited above said the Xi-Modi summit will not have any "specific negotiations or discussions on this subject or for that matter on any other subject". "There should be a justified solution to the issue of Kashmir and China will stand by Pakistan for regional peace and stability", he said, according to Pakistani daily The Express Tribune.

"We have had a clear confirmation for weeks but we had jointly chose to announce it only a couple of days earlier", said a senior official, The visit comes after a series of irritants between both countries in recent weeks over India's moves in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, which saw Beijing openly criticise New Delhi at the UN Security Council meeting.

The two leaders have met a few times since their meeting in Wuhan on April 27 and 28 in 2018.

The two leaders are also likely to decide dates for the next Special Representative talks.

India says its revocation of the special status of Muslim-majority Kashmir, which was accompanied by a crackdown on dissent by the security forces, is an internal matter aimed at developing the Himalayan territory, which is also claimed by Pakistan, more quickly. China supports Pakistan in safeguarding its independent sovereignty and territorial integrity, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Tuesday as he met Imran. But more importantly, China refrained from mentioning the UN Security Council resolution and UN charter, as it had done earlier in its statements on Kashmir, including at the UN General Assembly last month.

Meanwhile, the MEA said it expects that the summit will provide the leaders with an opportunity to continue discussions on various issues between the two neighbouring fast-growing economies. India rules the populous Kashmir Valley and the Hindu-dominated region around Jammu city, while Pakistan controls a wedge of territory in the west, and China holds a thinly populated high-altitude area in the north. India is expected to raise the issue of ballooning trade deficit in China's favour, the sources said.