China reassures Pakistan on ties ahead of Xi's meeting with India's Modi

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This is the first time that the Foreign Minister would be participating in the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers' meeting after membership of Pakistan in SCO. India and Pakistan formally joined the bloc past year and Modi is expected to attend the summit, according to Indian media.

But Modi called Xi in March to congratulate the Chinese leader on his re-appointment as president, with New Delhi saying both agreed that "as two major powers growing rapidly, bilateral relations between India and China are vital".

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman are in Beijing to attend the foreign and defence ministers' meet organised by the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation or SCO. The reassurance assumes importance on the backdrop of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's scheduled meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping later this week.

"They will also exchange views on overall, long-term and strategic matters concerning the future of China-India relations", Wang said, citing the rapid growth of both countries.

The tabloid, usually known to be hostile towards India, said Beijing was hoping for friendly ties with New Delhi. The meeting will take place in Wuhan, in China's Hubei province.

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Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama today said that it is "really good" that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet at an informal summit in Chinese city of Wuhan this week.

Lu said China and India, "as newly-emerging markets as well as developing countries with big populations will continue to uphold globalisation so that it is more inclusive", according to The Hindu.

China's ambitious Belt and Road initiative of transport and energy links bypasses India, apart from a corner of the disputed Kashmir region, also claimed by Pakistan, but involves India's neighbours Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Maldives.

Her discussions with Mr. Wang also focused on their perspectives on counter-terrorism and collaborative efforts to address other global challenges, such as climate change, sustainable development and global healthcare.

"If there is an interpreter sitting between two friends, he may be able to translate the words but not the feelings with which I say something". The growing economic and military might of China has been a cause of concern and the situation had only worsened in the recent years despite frequent meetings between Modi and Xi.

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