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Indian Foreign Secretary’s visit of China

Indian Foreign Secretary’s visit of China

Indian foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale was on a visit to China to discuss several bilateral issues.

The talks were taking place at a time when prickly differences have emerged in bilateral ties despite the bonhomie generated during the informal summit between Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping at the central Chinese city of Wuhan a year ago.

Key issues such as coordinating the positions of the two sides at international forums and the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist are on the agenda of the visit.

The Indian foreign secretary is visiting Beijing days ahead of the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF), which India will skip because of concerns over territorial sovereignty related to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

In addition to talks aimed at maintaining momentum in bilateral ties in the wake of last year’s informal Wuhan summit, Gokhale is expected to discuss coordinating India and China’s positions on key global issues at forums such as the G20 Summit to be held in Tokyo in June.

Belt and Road Forum

China is hosting three day long Belt and Road Forum from April 25, which will be attended by nearly 40 countries.

India and Bhutan are among the countries that will not attend the forum.

India has repeatedly expressed concerns about the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), largely because of China Pakistan Economic Corridor, which passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, and the uneven playing field created by China for Xi’s flagship connectivity project.

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