Crucial issues await Narendra Modi-Xi Jinping China summit

Elias Hubbard
April 24, 2018

The visit of Sitharaman and Sushma Swaraj comes ahead of an informal meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in China on April 27-28.

Swaraj on Monday also met the Foreign Ministers of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan and discussed ways of strengthening bilateral cooperation with the central Asian nations. Sources said apart from the border dispute between India and China, Nirav Modi's extradition is likely to be discussed between the two sides later this week.

Defence minister Nirmala Sitaraman also joined external minister Sushma Swaraj in Beijing for the tasks of preparing the ground for Modi and Xi Jinping.

India has refused to be a part of the BRI due to sovereignty concerns.

China would like to make joint efforts with all SCO members to continue to support each other and offer SCO wisdom and SCO solutions, safeguard regional security cooperation, deepen Belt and Road cooperation and expand people-to-people exchanges, Xi said. New Delhi has requested Beijing to find him and deport him to India.

In addition, New Delhi has reservations about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which cuts through Pakistan-held Kashmir that is claimed by India.

Modi has tried to mend ties with Beijing after a year of disagreements over multiple issues from the Doklam standoff to exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

Framing Modi's upcoming trip, Swaraj said that the India-China relationship "flows from the understanding reached by the two leaders previous year that India-China ties are a factor for stability in a period of global changes and have a common responsibility for peace, security and prosperity in the world".

China and India were locked in a 73-day military stand-off in a remote, high-altitude stretch of that boundary previous year.

Ms. Swaraj also raised the issue of reforms at the U.N. Security Council and said "it is clear to many of us that the Security Council is increasingly unable, or sometimes unwilling, to respond to the security challenges of our times, with tragic consequences".

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