PM Narendra Modi lands in China for G20 summit
In the second leg of his two nation tour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday landed in Hangzhou, China, where he will attend the crucial G20 summit and dialogues with leaders of the world.
Modi will hold a talks with top world leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping on irritants in bilateral ties like India’s NSG bid and the CPEC, which runs through PoK.
Soon after he arrives in China, Modi tweeted: “Hello Hangzhou! PM lands in China to attend the G20 Summit.” The Prime Minister was seen shaking hands with officials after landing in China in a photo posted with the tweet.
Vikas Swarup, the external affairs ministry spokesperson, also tweeted about the Prime Minister’s arrival in China, saying: “Morning in Hanoi, night in Hangzhou.”
PM Modi, who reached Hangzhou after a two-day maiden visit to Hanoi, begins his schedule on Sunday morning by holding talks with Xi, in their second meeting in less than three months. The two leaders had last met on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in June in Tashkent.
The meeting with Xi is viewed as important in the backdrop of steady decline in the bilateral relations over a raft of issues including the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor which runs through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
The two leaders would discuss contentious issues, which will also include listing of Pakistan-based terrorist organisations in the UN and China stalling India’s membership at the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
The discussion will be followed by a meeting of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) leaders ahead of the G20 summit, which would begin later in the day.
PM Modi will also hold bilateral meetings with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.
Before leaving Vietnam, Modi thank the country saying that he will remember the visit as a memorable one.
“Thank you Vietnam. I will remember this visit as a memorable & productive one, that laid the ground for even better India-Vietnam ties,” Modi said in a tweet.
“I thank the people & government of Vietnam for the very good hospitality during my visit,” he said in another tweet.