A Chinese delegation led by a Communist Party politburo member has met the External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, to discuss bilateral and economic ties between the two countries. The team later paid a visit to the Congress leadership for a party-specific exchange.
'Happy to meet Chinese Communist Party politburo member and Guangdong party secretary Li Xi today. Discussed bilateral relations. Urged that Guangdong take the lead in balancing India-China economic relations,' Jaishankar tweeted.
Guangdong, that borders Hong Kong, is one of China's most economically significant provinces.
The eight-member team then went on to meet the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and her son and Congress president, Rahul Gandhi at their 10 Janpath residence. They were received by senior party leader Anand Sharma who said the meeting was part of 'party to party' exchanges.
'We exchanged views on the relations between our two countries, which the Congress deeply values and supports. China also recognises the contribution and the historic role of the Congress in promoting understanding to build that relationship,' Sharma said.The delegation included the Chinese Vice-President, Wang Qishan.