Beijing(web team): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today arrived here on a three-day visit to China…
Hangzhou: Sutirtho Patranobis, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping have met on the sidelines of the G20
summit in Hangzhou on Sunday.
The two leaders were expected to talk about several bilateral issues including India’s application to the nuclear suppliers group (NSG) and China’s stand on terrorism.
The leaders of the world’s 20 biggest economies, including the US President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the new UK Prime Minister Theresa May, have gathered in this scenic city — about an hour on a bullet train from Shanghai in eastern China – for the two-day summit.
The summit will be inaugurated Sunday afternoon and will be followed by a banquet in the evening.
The Modi-Xi meeting was their first after some new issues have roiled the tenuous Indo-China relations already plagued by a festering border dispute, Beijing’s close ties with Islamabad and a massive trade surplus in favour of China.“Ever since the beginning of this year, there have been new disturbances in our bilateral relations. But I am glad to find that after foreign minister Wang Yi’s visit to India, the situation is stabilising,” said Hu Shisheng, south Asia expert at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations.
Hu said it was a good move by the two foreign ministries to “…establish a new mechanism at the level of the foreign secretary and the deputy foreign ministers to discuss all kinds of sensitive issues. The most important part is that the two sides should communicate… frankly and candidly.”
The list of old and new differences between the two neighbours is long: China taking the lead in blocking India’s bid to enter the NSG that controls global trade in nuclear technology, Beijing opposing UN sanctions against Jaish-e-Muhammed chief Masood Azhar, the suspected mastermind of the Pathankot airbase attack, to name a few .
Indian community from Hangzhou welcomes PM Modi at his hotel. (HT Photo)
Hangzhou, the host city
Modi reached Hangzhou late Saturday night and was welcomed at his hotel by an enthusiastic group of the city-based Indians.
For the resident of Hangzhou, recent weeks have meant living through increasingly tight security – so much so that nearly two million residents have left the city to avoid the inconvenience.
For one, you might not get a glass of fresh fruit juice, which for some inexplicable reason is being seen as a security threat and banned in many places.