India looks to develop top-level ties with Beijing

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands before the welcoming banquet for the BRICS Summit, in Xiamen, on Sept 4, 2017.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands before the welcoming banquet for the BRICS Summit, in Xiamen, on Sept 4, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold an informal two-day meeting kicking off tomorrow. ST's China and India Bureau Chiefs look at what's on the cards. Analysts say Delhi is keen to avoid tensions, ahead of its general election next year

India is looking to develop a better understanding with China at the highest level when Prime Minister Narendra Modi travels to Wuhan for a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

It has been dubbed an informal summit, which, sources said, means there will be no pre-negotiated agreements or joint statements.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 26, 2018, with the headline 'India looks to develop top-level ties with Beijing'. Print Edition | Subscribe