Monday, October 10th, 2016

Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit India this week

Narada Desk | October 10, 2016 1:24 pm Print
President Xi will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a host of other leaders, including heads of the Bimstec
Chinese President Xi Jinping

Amid the rising stand-off between India and Pakistan over Uri attack, Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit India this week, during which Jinping would take part in the Brics summit in Goa.  The Chinese President will also visit Cambodia and Bangladesh.

During his 13-17 October visit, Xi, in his first leg, will first go to Cambodia followed by Bangladesh and later travel to India’s Goa to attend the Brics Summit, Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

President Xi will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and  a host of other leaders, including heads of the Bimstec (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand) countries who have been invited to the Goa Summit in Goa.

In all, 11 Heads of State from Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) countries will attend the meeting.

According to media report, the Brics Summit will start on 15 October and will end the next day, following which there will be a retreat, in which Bimstec countries will take part, according to officials.

The Chinese President’s visit to Bangladesh is regarded as significant as it is taking place after 30 years. The last visit at that level took place in 1986.

Bangladesh and China are expected to sign important agreements, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong, who briefed the media here on Xi’s visit, said.

While Xi is skipping a visit to Nepal which was put off after the election of Pushpa Kamal Dahal alias Prachanda, he would meet him on the sidelines of the Brics Summit, officials said.

Reports earlier said his visit to Nepal was put off as China was upset over the delay in implementation of agreements by the new government to link both countries.

Li said China regards Goa Summit of the Brics countries important because it will provide an opportunity for the leaders of the five-member bloc to meet and interact with the leaders of Bimstec.