Chinese foreign minister to have talks on Tuesday
India and China will take more trust-building steps like launching a hotline between their foreign ministers.Updated: Feb 12, 2007, 14:00 IST
India and China will on Tuesday take more trust-building steps like launching a hotline between their foreign ministers and holding talks on implementing a 10-point plan to deepen economic and strategic ties.
Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing, who will come in New Delhi after a visit to Nalanda, the ancient seat of learning that both countries plan to convert into an international university, will hold talks with his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee on a wide range of bilateral and global issues.
The hotline will be operational after the talks between Li and Mukherjee to implement the 10-point plan, agreed during Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit in November, for enhancing strategic and economic cooperation between the two countries.
Li, who began his four-day official visit to India on Sunday, will kick off, along with Mukherjee and Tourism Minister Ambika Soni, the 'India-China Friendship Through Tourism Year' on Wednesday that is expected to accelerate cultural ties and a two-way flow of tourists between them.
The logo of the 'India-China Friendship Through Tourism Year' will also be unveiled.
The two sides will discuss easing of the visa regime and are likely to announce more direct flights between different cities.
Li will hold talks with Mukherjee and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov Wednesday in a trilateral meeting that will discuss a host of international issues, including the Iranian crisis.