The Ministry of External Affairs has affirmed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be hosting the President of China Xi Jinping in an informal summit in 2019.
As per the reports of ANI, the MeA said, "During the first Informal Summit in Wuhan, Chinese President Xi had accepted the invitation of PM Modi to visit India for the next Informal Summit in 2019."
Republic Media Network sources have confirmed that the MeA has maintained that the two sides are in constant touch, and the diplomatic channels are open. The date of the visit and venue will be confirmed soon.
The first informal summit between the leaders was held in Wuhan in the Hubei province of China on April 27 and 28 back in 2018. Apart from that, both leaders have met in the past to boost bilateral ties following the military standoff at the Himalayan border in 2017.
The Wuhan summit between the two leaders was largely credited to have turned around the bilateral relations soured by the 73-day Doklam standoff, triggered by the attempts of the Chinese troops to build a road close to the Indian border in an area also claimed by Bhutan in 2017.
China on May 24 said it attaches high importance to its bilateral relations with India and is keen to work with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to deepen the political trust and mutual cooperation for closer partnership.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the elections in India were concluded smoothly and referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping's congratulatory message to Prime Minister Modi, who was re-elected on Thursday in a stunning victory in the general elections.
"China and India are important neighbours to each other. We are major developing countries and emerging markets. Last year, the Wuhan Summit between President Xi and Prime Minister Modi directed the future for our bilateral relations and opening up a new prospect," Lu told the media here.
"Now one year later, progress has been made in our bilateral relations and cooperation. China attaches high importance to our bilateral relations and like to work with India to deepen our political mutual trust and mutual beneficial cooperation for more progress and closer partnership," he said.
President Xi on Thursday skipped protocol and congratulated Modi even before the formal declaration of the poll results.
Chinese leaders normally follow the protocol of greeting foreign leaders after the formal declaration of election results.
(With PTI inputs)