India Abroad

PM Modi Arrives In China For 2-Day 'Informal' Summit With President Xi Jinping

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| April 27 , 2018 , 07:59 IST

In a significant meet after the 73-day Doklam plateau standoff last year between Indian and Chinese troops, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday arrived in Central China's Wuhan city for an 'Informal' Summit with the Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The Ministry of External Affairs issued a statement on PM Modi's arrival in China, adding that Modi and Jinping would be reviewing developments in bilateral relations in the first Informal Summit.

"A special moment past midnight as PM Modi was warmly welcomed in Wuhan for the 1st Informal Summit with Chinese President Xi. The two leaders will review the developments in our bilateral relations from a strategic and long-term perspective," Official Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar said.

PM Modi on Thursday had announced his trip to China via Twitter, confirming that the meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping would be for an Informal Summit.

"I will be visiting Wuhan, China on 27-28 April 2018 for an Informal Summit with Mr. Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China," tweeted PM Modi.

"President Xi and I will exchange views on a range of issues of bilateral and global importance. We will discuss our respective visions and priorities for national development, particularly in the context of current and future international situation," he added.

"We will also review the developments in India-China relations from a strategic and long-term perspective," PM Modi said.

Since the standoff at the Doklam plateau last year, relations between India and China had been strained, despite the standoff ending diplomatically.