Modi-Xi Wuhan Summit: Are Kim Jong-un, Trump Elephants In The Room?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit China later this week to hold “informal summit” talks with President Xi Jinping. The talks will take place on April 27-28 in Wuhan. This is PM Modi’s fourth visit to China in as many years. He will be making another visit to China in June for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit.

Though informal summit talks seem to be emerging as an alternative across the world to improve relationship driven by the visions of leaders, India and China had looked rather reluctant to tread this path. However, many believe that the informal talks held between Modi and Xi during G20 summit in July last year in Germany led to both leaders pushing their diplomatic and military bureaucracy to defuse Doklam stand-off.

Modi’s China visit follows a series of efforts made by both the countries to normalise the relationship between the two countries post-Doklam. Both countries have concerns that they expect the other to address. India seems to have taken the initiative last month on the back of a series of meetings at diplomatic levels. The Modi government asked officials to skip Tibetan leader Dalai Lama’s functions planned to mark 60 years of Tibetan government in-exile. Read More…

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