To Rebuild Trust, Modi-Xi To Hold ‘Informal Summit’ Today

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Bejing: In a bid to bridge the trust deficit between the South Asian neighbours, Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi-Jinping will hold a first of its kind “informal summit” on Friday in Wuhan city of China’s Hubei province.

Modi, who landed in Wuhan past midnight on Thursday, will hold a series of informal one-on-one meeting with Jinping in Hubei provincial museum. Both leaders will also take a tour to the museum.

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The meeting between the two world leaders is slated to take place at 3.30 pm local time. The historic meeting, slated to be held at Hubei Provincial Museum, comes on the backdrop of the 73-day long Doklam standoff in 2017.

The two leaders will be holding “free and fair”talks during a walk following a meeting at the museum. News agency ANi reported that the leaders accompanied by six top officials from both the sides, will hold talks at the sprawling East Lake Guest House.

The meeting comes in the backdrop of the efforts made by both India and China to move past the tensions, which rose out of last year’s 73-day Doklam standoff. The official dinner will be hosted by President Xi. On Saturday, Xi will be taking PM Modi for a lakeside walk and a boat ride on the picturesque East Lake. The two leaders will get an opportunity to talk to each other without their personal aides.

The objective is to understand each other better and thereby hoping there will be greater trust between the two leaders, ” Bambawale had said.

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