Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be attending bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on 9th June, Saturday on the sidelines of the SCO Summit. During the summit they will take stock of the implementation of decisions taken at the informal summit just over a month ago in Wuhan. The two leaders will meet on the sidelines of the 18th Shanghai Cooperation Summit (SCO) which will be held in the coastal city of Qingdao, China.
According to India’s Ambassador to China, Gautam Bambawale both the countries have moved on from the Doklam conflict, he also stated that the two countries would work out their differences to ensure progress and prosperity. The two leaders reached consensus in two areas. The first was that India and China are partners in progress. Second being there are many more commonalities between India and China than where we differ with each other. The focus on of SCO members is in the areas of security cooperation, countering terrorism, economic development as well as cultural exchange, the ambassador stated.
PM Modi is expected to meet with leaders of other SCO countries in the bilateral meetings. But, whether Modi will meet with with Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain, who will also attend the meeting in China is hard to tell as there is no official word till now. PM Modi will also meet Russian Prime Minister Vladmir Putin, who will also be attending the meet. It should be noted that the Indian Prime Minister had met with the Russian President Putin last month in an informal summit in Sochi.
Few days after the SCO meet between the two countries, another meeting is scheduled to take place in Singapore – American President Donald Trump meeting with North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un, so the meeting between Modi and Jinping might be overshadowed in the historic peace agreement between the US and North Korea.
The Shanghai Cooperation Summit (SCO) was founded at a summit in Shanghai in the year 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. And India and Pakistan became SCO’s members last year. So this is the first time they are participating in the summit as full members.
Despite all the differences and disputes between India and China the summits and talks attended by PM Modi focuses on keeping good ties with its neighboring country. PM Modi’s speech at Shangri-La Dialogue which was held last week in Singapore was appreciated by China, In his speech PM Modi had said, Asia and the world will have a better future when India and China work together with trust and confidence while being sensitive to each other’s interests.