The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India China and South Africa) summit in Durban this March is likely provide Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with his first opportunity to interact with the new Chinese leadership.
Meanwhile, national security advisor Shiv Shankar Menon will hold a meeting with Chinese state councillor Dai Bingguo on January 10, even as India goes about hosting a meeting of the national security advisors of BRICS nations.
Singh will meet new Chinese president Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the fifth summit of this grouping in Durban from March 26 to 27, sources said.
This will be the first major interaction between the premiers of the two countries, following the change in leadership in Beijing. It would give India an opportunity to gauge the new Chinese leadership's approach towards India.
The two countries are, of late, pursuing a policy that involves building on the convergences while trying to end differences.
Though trade ties are growing, the issues arising out the unsettled boundary between India and China often come to the fore.
India has also been urging Beijing to address the growing trade imbalance by giving greater market access to Indian sectors such as pharmaceuticals and information technology.
Meanwhile, Shiv Shankar Menon, a special representative for boundary talks, will play host to his counterpart, Dai Bingguo.
This could well be a farewell meeting for the state councillor, who is set to step down from his present capacity. He will be in India to attend a meeting of the national security advisors of BRICS nations.