PM Narendra Modi meets Chinese President Xi Jinping

Hangzhou, China: PM Narendra Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping today in Hangzhou amid the differences between the two countries over recent issues. A meeting was held on the sidelines of the G20 leaders summit at the Hangzhou West Lake State Guesthouse. 

Officials of both countries attach importance to this meeting in view of growing differences between the two Asian giants on bilaterally sensitive issues.

China has also been concerned over the close ties of India with US, especially in defence, as the two countries have signed the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) which will give the militaries of both the countries access to each other’s facilities for repairs and supplies.

India is pushing China to rethink its opposition on NSG membership, and officials say some progress has been made with China agreeing to a first of its kind disarmament dialogue at the Director Generals of Arms Control level, according to the reports.

After the meeting, both the leaders will attend the BRICS leaders meeting ahead of the G20 summit to finalize their strategy.

Besides the G20 Summit, Modi will have bilateral meetings with Malcolm Turnbull – Australian PM. He will take part in the second and concluding session of the G20, holding bilateral meetings with Mohammad Bin Salman – Saudi Arabian Crown Prince, Theresa May – UK PM and Mauricio Macri – Argentinian President, before flying out of China on Monday evening.

Meeting between PM Modi and US President Barack Obama, is, however, not on cards during this trip, said officials.

PM Modi is attending the two days G20 summit under the theme of “Strengthening Policy coordination and Breaking a new path for growth”.

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