Modi and Xi to discuss inclusive globalisation, stable development: China

The two leaders will meet at Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province on April 27-28.

world Updated: Apr 23, 2018 23:56 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis
Sutirtho Patranobis
Hindustan Times, Beijing
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Chinese President Xi jinping speaks to heads of the delegation of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 23.(AFP)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping are expected to discuss ways to ensure stable global development and inclusive globalisation in the face of rising protectionism and “rampant unilateralism” when they meet in Wuhan city this week, Beijing said a day after an “informal summit” between the two leaders was announced.

The two leaders will also discuss strategic and overarching issues related to bilateral ties, foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang told a regular news briefing. “The two sides believe that the strategic and global significance of our relations have become more prominent and our common interests far outweigh our differences,” he said.

Modi and Xi will meet at Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province during April 27-28. The meeting is expected to strengthen bilateral ties severely impacted by last year’s military standoff at Doklam near the Sikkim border.

The meeting is being held at a time when the international situation, Lu said, is undergoing “profound changes and with prominent instabilities and uncertainties”.

Referring to trade protectionism, Lu said India and China have a common interest in upholding a more inclusive international system. “The world is now faced with rampant unilateralism as well as rising protectionism in the process of globalisation,” he said.

“All these trends have been closely followed and debated. So against such a backdrop, Chin and India have a lot to discuss. We are newly emerging markets as well as developing countries with big populations, so we believe the two countries will continue to uphold globalisation so that it is more inclusive,” Lu said.

“They will discuss the latest trends of the world so there is stable global development,” he said. “So we have lot of shared interests, concerns and positions.I believe you will hear positive voices.”

Lu further said the two leaders will discuss “changes that have taken place and which are unprecedented in the past 100 years, and exchange views on the strategic, overarching and long-term issues concerning our bilateral relations”.

Announcing the one-on-one meeting of the leaders, foreign minister Wang Yi had said on Sunday that China-India relations had “realised good development and shown a positive momentum” this year.

First Published: Apr 23, 2018 17:57 IST