India: Trade and defense top agenda of Modi-Xi informal meeting of 11 and 12 October | India News

NEW DELHI / BEIJING: Talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at their second informal summit will be held on the sidelines of the broader global scenario. Mamallapuram on the Tamil Nadu coast the 11 and 12 October.
India and China have waited until the eleventh hour to announce the long-awaited summit between the two leaders, reflecting current lows in bilateral relations. It will be up to Modi and Xi to ensure that the progress made in Wuhan last year is consolidated when they meet for extended discussions.
There will be no final document, but both parties will issue separate statements after the summit. As in Wuhan, the two leaders are expected to send another set of "strategic advice" to their respective teams.
Modi will be accompanied by Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and NSA Ajit Doval, government sources said. Xi will bring with him a high-ranking team consisting of Political Bureau member Yang Jieche and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who was appointed State Councilor earlier this year. Xi should visit Kathmandu after meeting Modi
With regard to defense and security, both sides would seek to update and strengthen confidence-building measures to maintain "peace and tranquility" at the border. Both armies should hold the exercise "hand in hand" later this year.
A meeting of special representatives (Doval and Yang) for the delimitation negotiations can be scheduled following the summit. Sources said that terrorism would be high on the agenda, but not in Kashmir. "Article 370 is a sovereign decision," said one source.
Advancing the partnership initiative with third countries, sources told the press that India and China, which had started training Afghan diplomats, would expand the exercise to train other officials in Afghanistan.
The concept of "China-India Plus" aims to extend the impact of improving bilateral relations with other countries.

This article appeared first (in English) on THE TIMES OF INDIA