Wang Yi to arrive on June 8 to bolster ties

Wang Yi to arrive on June 8 to bolster ties

The government on Wednesday confirmed the visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to the national capital from June 8 as Special Envoy of the Chinese President to meet the new Indian leadership and boost bilateral relations.

"The objective is to establish contact with the new government. The visit will provide further momentum to the India-China strategic and cooperative partnership," the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

Wang will be the second foreign minister arriving in New Delhi after the change of guard at the Centre. Besides having meetings with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Wang will also call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Incidentally, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang was the first foreign Head of Government to call up Modi after he took over as Prime Minister. China conveyed to India its President Xi Jinping's wish to visit New Delhi. Xi and Modi will also have an opportunity to meet during the next BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit in Brazil in July.

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