PM Modi holds informal talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuhan to boost India-China ties
By Our Correspondent, 27/04/2018, New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first ever informal meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping’s is underway at Wuhan's Hubei Provincial Museum. Both the leaders will be engaged in talks on a wide range of macro issues. Our correspondent covering the visit reports, that the informal setting of the meeting is reflected in the walk by the East Lake and a boat ride by the two leaders in the city of Wuhan.

The warming up of relationship between India and China is also visible in increasing people-to-people contact and cultural exchanges between India and China. Chinese news agency Xinhua in a report said that India-originated Yoga and Indian films have gained large popularity across China.

While the impact of the informal summit meeting is more likely to be visible in the long term, it certainly reflects the desire of the two leaders to reset the ties between India and China to a new level of warmth and cooperation. For the two big countries with a total population of over 2.6 billion, there is huge potential to be tapped in various areas.

Meanwhile, the Chinese ministry of commerce yesterday announced that India’s trade with China had gone up by more than 22 percent in the first quarter of 2018. It has said by the end of 2017, Chinese investments into India added up to more than 8 billion US dollar. as India has become an important market for infrastructure cooperation among Chinese companies and a major investment destination.