The Eternal Affairs Minister, Mr. S Jaishankar, arrived in Beijing on Sunday on a three-day visit to hold talks with the Chinese leadership on a host of issues, including finalisation of arrangements for the Chinese President, Mr. Xi Jinping’s visit to India later this year for the second informal summit with the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi.
The visit of Mr. Jaishankar, the first Indian minister to tour China after the Modi government began its second term, is also taking place in the aftermath of India’s decision to revoke special status to Jammu and Kashmir and its division into two Union Territories.
His visit was finalised much before India’s move to revoke Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Mr. Jaishankar, the first career diplomat to become the External Affairs Minister, served as India’s Ambassador to China from 2009 to 2013, the longest tenure by an Indian envoy.
His official engagements will begin with a call on Chinese leadership. It has not been officially announced yet about whom he would be meeting.