Chinese foreign minister to visit India in Dec

Chinese foreign minister to visit India in Dec

Beijing, PTI: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will travel to Delhi in December to attend the Russia-India-China (RIC) foreign ministers' trilateral meeting.

This may be the first high-level Sino-India dialogue after President Xi Jinping commenced his second term.

Wang will visit Delhi to attend the RIC meeting and hold talks with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj and meet India's top leadership, Chinese official sources said here.

While no dates were mentioned for Wang's visit, officials said he will attend the RIC meeting in December, which will also provide an opportunity for talks on bilateral ties in the aftermath of the 73-day standoff at Doklam which ended on August 28.

Last month, Xi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi met on the sidelines of the 9th BRICS Summit in the Chinese port city Xiamen and agreed to move forward.

Media reports previously said the RIC meeting was planned for April but Wang did not confirm dates in the backdrop of China's protests over the Dalai Lama visiting Arunachal Pradesh in the same month.
China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of South Tibet.

Wang's visit to Delhi in December is regarded significant as it would set the tone for Xi's policy approach to India in his second term.

Since Xi took over in late 2012, the bilateral relations were bogged down over his ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) which includes the controversial $ 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

India protested against CPEC as it traversed through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and boycotted the high-profile Belt and Road Forum (BRF) held by China in May.

Chinese officials say BRI, under which China has invested $ 560 billion overseas, has assumed significance as it has been included in the CPC Constitution during its Congress.

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