Modi to host China's Xi Jinping for informal summit, says Indian government

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking to the media after his meeting at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi, India, on May 25, 2019. PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host Chinese President Xi Jinping later this year for an informal summit, an Indian foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement on Wednesday (May 29).

"During the first Informal Summit in Wuhan, Chinese President Xi had accepted the invitation of PM Modi to visit India for the next Informal Summit in 2019. The two sides are in touch, through diplomatic channels, to finalise the date and venue for the meeting," the spokesman said.

Both leaders met several times over the past year to defuse tensions and bolster trade ties after a military stand-off at their high-altitude Himalayan border in 2017 rekindled fears of war between the two Asian nations.

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