There’s talk about ‘readiness’ on both sides in Modi-Xi parleys

There’s talk about ‘readiness’ on both sides in Modi-Xi parleys

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Mamallapuram (Tamil Nadu), Oct 11 : Despite strains in relationship over Kashmir after China seemed to take Pakistani side and India making it clear that no third country has any right to speak on its internal matters, those in the know of things maintain that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's second Informal Summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping will not be confined to one or two issues.

"There have been frequent contacts at top levels. This meet in Chennai and Mamallapuram will be the third meeting between PM Modi and President Xi Jinping in recent months. There is readiness on both sides to maintain and advance such contacts and build personal connect," a government source said.

Prime Minister Modi will host Chinese President here for the Informal Summit on Friday and Saturday that has finally materialised after relations suffered setback largely after Indian government took latest measures in J&K and also created a union territory of Buddhists-majority in Ladakh.

Chinese authorities have their own issues as strategically Ladakh is perched on a steep Himalayan border China's restive regions of Tibet in east and Xinjiang in the north.
The Indian side has maintained that a new administrative set up has been created in Ladakh owing largely to local people's demand and to push up much neglected 'developmental works'.

But, sources say, the two-day Informal Summit in no way will be 'one issue' meet and hence multiple issues are expected to come on the table including cyber safety, IT, trade, Indo Pacific and terrorism. "The objective of the Second Informal Summit is similar to what was at the first Informal Summit at Wuhan," the source said in reference to the success it had in defusing the post-Doklam crisis and could bring both sides at the negotiating table.

The calendar year 2018 has been generally good between two Asian giants who are poised to play a much greater role in global matters in future. "The objective of the Summit is to build contact at the highest level, exchanging views on strategic issues, the overarching issues in the world and in the region today and to create a broad direction for the pathway for progress in bilateral relations," the source maintained.

However, the parleys at the top leadership level will not be "in very detailed format" as someone from outside like in the media "like it to be". "Such details will be left at the ministerial level and official level.....But there is no doubt a number of subjects will be covered," the source clarified.(UNI)