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China-India 6th Strategic Dialogue begins today
April 14, 2014, 6:01 am

Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh and her Chinese counterpart Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin will review the entire range of bilateral relations [Image Courtesy: Ministry of External Affairs India]

Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh and her Chinese counterpart Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin will review the entire range of bilateral relations [Image Courtesy: Ministry of External Affairs India]

Chinese and Indian officials will hold the sixth Strategic Dialogue in Beijing on Monday.

Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh and her Chinese counterpart Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin will review the entire range of bilateral relations and also discuss Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Delhi later this year.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei has said the two sides will have in-depth exchanges on bilateral relations, high level exchanges, practical cooperation, international and regional issues of mutual concern, most notably stability efforts in Afghanistan.

Like India, China too is concerned over the return of extremists in Afghanistan which could have a destabilising effect on its Muslim Uygur Xinjiang province which is experiencing a spat of terrorist attacks.

The two Asian giants are slated to hold joint defence exercises in India later this year.

As part of the Year of friendly exchanges, India has drawn up plans to hold a year-long Glimpses of India festival all over China.

Chinese officials say that a number of initiatives from Beijing, including its planned investments in India in the proposed Chinese industrial parks to offset the trade deficit, besides cooperation to modernise Indian railways and energy sectors were expected to be taken after the new government is formed in New Delhi after the general elections.

 

 TBP and Agencies 

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