The External Affairs Minister, Mr. S Jaishankar, will travel to China on August 11 on a three-day visit ahead of the second informal summit between the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, and the Chinese President, Mr. Xi Jinping in India in October. The Ministry of External Affairs, announcing the visit, said Mr. Jaishankar will hold talks with his Chinese counterpart, Mr. Wang Yi, on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest.
It will be Mr. Jaishankar’s first visit to China after becoming the External Affairs Minister. The MEA said the two foreign ministers will also discuss upcoming high-level visits later this year. In Beijing, Mr. Jaishankar will also co-chair the second meeting of the India-China High Level Mechanism (HLM) on cultural and people-to-people exchanges on August 12 with Mr. Wang.
The decision to establish the HLM was taken during the first informal summit between Mr. Modi and Mr. Xi in Wuhan in April 2018. The inaugural HLM meeting was held on December 21. 'The second HLM meeting will provide an opportunity to follow up on the outcomes of the 1st HLM meeting and discuss new initiatives for enhancing people-to-people exchanges between our two countries,' the MEA said.
It said the HLM reflects the desire on both sides to build greater synergies in the people-to-people ties through enhanced exchanges in areas such as tourism, art, films, media, culture and sports.