Days before the important meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping on Wednesday, sources have informed that India and China would hold an anti-terror exercise in December 2019. Sources have also reported that PM Modi will hold one-to-one delegation-level talks with the President of China, Xi Jinping. The Chinese President is all set to visit India from October 11 to 12 for the second informal summit with PM Modi.
Sources: India and China to jointly hold anti-terror exercise in December 2019.— ANI (@ANI) October 9, 2019
In an official statement released by the Ministry of External Affairs, it is stated that the forthcoming Chennai Informal Summit "will provide an opportunity for the two leaders to continue their discussions on overarching issues of bilateral, regional, and global importance". The two world leaders will exchange views on deepening India-China Closer Development Partnership. The Chinese President is visiting India for the second informal summit at the invitation of PM Modi.
The statement on Kashmir was made in a press briefing as Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is currently visiting China. "China's position on the Kashmir issue is consistent and clear. China hopes that India and Pakistan will strengthen dialogue on disputes including Kashmir, enhance mutual trust and improve relations. This is in line with the common interests of both India and Pakistan and is the common expectation of the countries and the international community," stated China in the press briefing.
Earlier in the day, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in China for an official visit ahead of the Financial Action Task Force's (FATF) meeting. Pakistan currently faces the impending possibility of being placed on the Black List. Khan is scheduled to engage with various stakeholders on issues of regional and bilateral importance such as the Kashmir issue and China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Pakistan had previously pressured China in approaching the UN Council to intervene in Kashmir. However, time and again, the UN too has denied intervening in the bilateral issue.