Beijing is optimistic that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping, as 'good friends', would discuss their respective trade frictions with the US and reach a consensus on opposing trade protectionism during their 'very important' meeting this week on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation(SCO) summit in Bishkek.
This year’s SCO summit will be held in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek on June 13-14 where Modi and Xi are scheduled to meet and discuss bilateral and international issues.
The meeting is significant as this is the first meeting between the two after Modi-led BJP’s massive victory in the recent Lok Sabha elections.Xi had been prompt in congratulating Modi on his re-election through a letter on May 23.
'Once again we congratulate Prime Minister Modi. President Xi and Prime Minister Modi are good friends. They had very successful informal summit at Wuhan last year,' the Chinese Vice Foreign Minister, Zhang Hanhui, told the media on the Modi-Xi meeting.
He said the Wuhan summit had provided strategic guidance for the development of India-China ties, paving the way for stable growth of China-India relations in the long run.
The April 27-28 Wuhan summit was largely credited to have turned around the bilateral relations soured by the 73-day Doklam standoff in 2017, triggered by Chinese troops’ attempt to build a road close to the Indian border.