Chinese Foreign Minister to meet Modi today

Last Updated: Sun, Jun 08, 2014 04:30 hrs

New Delhi: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is arriving in New Delhi on Sunday on a two-day visit.  Yi, who is coming to New Delhi as Special Envoy of President Xi Jinping, is likely to call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday.

Yi, 61, a seasoned diplomat, will also hold talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

He is also expected to call on President Pranab Mukherjee and meet the new National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

This is the first contact between the two governments after the election in India. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang spoke to Mr Modi over phone soon after he was sworn in.

During his visit, Yi will meet leading Indian officials and will have in-depth exchanges on how to push forward bilateral relations, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told media briefing on Friday.

"India has formed a new government and China and India now face a new opportunities of development," he said.

While the Chinese official media and state-run think tanks projected a new momentum in trade and economic ties between the two countries considering that Modi visited China four times as Chief Minister of Gujarat, Beijing also closely watched the new government's policy towards US and Japan.

China is watching the countries Modi will be visiting on his first trip abroad considering that Mr Keqiang had made India his first destination abroad after taking power last year.

Chinese media has highlighted Modi's plans to visit Bhutan first this month followed by Japan in July.

Modi is expected to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping at the BRICS summit in Brazil next month.

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