New Delhi, June 8 :Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday will hold a one-on-one meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Qingdao .But there is no meeting lined up with Pakistan as neither New Delhi nor has Pakistan asked for a formal meeting .
Both the leaders will discuss ways to implement the decisions taken at the informal summit little over a month ago in Wuhan.
Indian Ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale said ” India-China relations have gone through a transformation after Wuhan informal summit, we have left Doklam crisis behind & moved forward to better ties.’
Both the leaders will discuss ways to take forward Wuhan deciions.
The prime minister will be participating in the 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit, being held under the chairmanship of Chinese President Xi Jinping, on June 9 and 10 in Qingdao, Shandong province, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
India will again raise the issue of terrorism and effective ways to enhance security cooperation among SCO countries when Prime Minister Narendra Modi participates in the grouping’s summit in Qingdao this week.
Indian envoy to China said, “This is the first summit wherein India is participating with complete membership & so will Pakistan, terror will certainly be a substantial part of discussions.”
Meetings with other leaders on the sidelines of the summit were being finalised, ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a media briefing.
Though the officials of India, Japan, the US and Australia met in Singapore on Thursday, New Delhi’s take on the huddle, which is seen as counter to the rising China in the Indo-Pacific region, was nuanced.
“They have identified four areas — politics, security, economic and cultural cooperation. There is something called Shanghai spirit which needs to be strengthened, which talks about mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, mutual consultations, respect for cultural diversity and pursuit of common development,” he said.
He said a discussion on regional and international issues was also expected when the leaders meet for the summit.
Kumar said there were multiple objectives of India’s participation such as “common development, connectivity, strengthening relationship with Central Asian countries, and terrorism — how do we use this platform to fight terrorism and the scourge of terrorism in today’s world”.
India is also focussed on the connectivity aspect of it and this was evident with its involvement with several connectivity projects such as the International NorthSouth Transport Corridor (INSTC), the Chabahar port development, the Ashgabat agreement, IndiaMyanmarThailand Trilateral Highway projects and Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal (BBIN) Initiative among many others, Kumar said.