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Narendra Modi-Xi Jinping summit commences; issues to decided by leaders themselves

These meetings will be different from past such encounters as the talks will be decided by leaders themselves

It is historic for many reasons and the Narendra Modi-Xi Jinping summit that commenced on Friday in the Chinese city of Wuhan will be looked at with anxiety all across the world.

It is one of those rare occasions when the Indian Prime Minister and Chinese President are holding a one-on-one meeting after witnessing a cultural show at the Hubei Provincial Museum with no official declaration or press to follow it.

These meetings will be different from past such encounters as the talks will be decided by leaders themselves.

Interestingly, there is scope of one Mandarin-speaking Indian interpreter in the meeting.

The Wuhan summit will see Modi and Xi reportedly discuss issues ranging from US President Donald Trump’s trade policies, protectionism, globalisation, Xi’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to the India-China border dispute.

The two leaders take lakeside walks and boat rides together.

According to official statements from both sides, the Modi-Xi summit aims to create a broad framework for India-China ties and build trust between the two leaders.

The relations took a massive dip last year when the Doklam standoff took place.

However, Congress has taken on central government even as the Modi-Xi Wuhan summit is underway.

The Congress on Friday asked if the prime minister was going to confront China over the Doklam issue during his visit.

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