Major Topic of Discussion Will Not be Kashmir during Modi Xi Meeting

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Kashmir will not be a “major topic” of discussion when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping informally meet in India next month, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Tuesday. Hua said this while she was talking to a group of South Asian journalists who are on a Chinese government fellowship.

The spokesperson added that the two leaders are likely to focus more on strategic thinking and discuss the broader picture of ties between the two countries. However, they are free to discuss any other topic also.

The venue and exact dates of this second round of informal summit are yet to be confirmed. The first summit between the two leaders was held last year in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

The statement by the Chinese spokesperson has come amid Pakistan’s efforts to garner international support on Kashmir since the article 370 has been scrapped.

Indian and Chinese troops had a brief faceoff, at the indo Chinese border of Ladakh, last week, however the dispute was resolved after a meeting was held between senior military officers of the two countries.

Touching upon India-Pakistan relations, she commented that the disputes between the two South Asian neighbors should be resolved through “relevant UN charter and UN resolutions.”

While responding to a question she said, “As you mentioned, the US relations with Iran, we hope India’s relations with Pakistan could be much better compared to the relations between the US and Iran because you are neighbors; yes, no reason why neighbors couldn’t get along with each other,”

As far as Sino- Indian relations are concerned she said that the two countries share many common goals and are working towards making the lives of Chinese and Indian people better.

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