The Wuhan summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping could be as significant as the one between former premier Rajiv Gandhi and then leader of China Deng Xiaoping in 1988, the official Chinese media commented on Tuesday.
Swaraj also raised the issue of reforms at the UN 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".
Modi's visit to China will be run in an informal manner; sources say the idea is to facilitate a free-flowing conversation in retreat-like settings on all issues, including contentious ones, between the two Asian leaders without the "restraints" of a formal joint statement.
Welcoming Sitharaman, Wei said that China attaches great importance to her visit here. "Both sides need to work together to create favourable conditions and gradually set with proper settlement of the boundary question and deepen cooperation in different sectors along with mutual understanding and trust".
Sitharaman said India's ties with China transcended the bilateral dimension and had a bearing on the world. "The boundary incident which happened previous year somewhat reflected lack of trust", he said.
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Tensions have lingered since China defeated India in a brief border war in 1962. In her address, she said, the fight against terrorism should not only seek to eliminate terrorists, but also take strong measures against States that support, finance and provide sanctuary to terror groups.
"Both of them have been widely supported by their people".
"It is very rare for two major countries like China and India to meet together so frequently", said Qian Feng, a researcher on worldwide relations with Tsinghua University in Beijing. Earlier on Monday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced that both leaders will discuss the protectionist policy of the USA and the unprecedented changes in the world order over the last 100 years.
At the informal summit, they will have a strategic communication on the current major changes in the global landscape that has been relatively fixed for the past 100 years. Sitharaman's remarks came as she met Wei during which both sides reviewed defence ties between the two countries.
State Councilor Mr. Wang Yi stated that Pakistan and China are close friends and all-weather strategic cooperative partners.