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PM Modi To Invite China's President Xi Jinping To India To Strengthen Delhi-Beijing Ties: Sources

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Published:

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  • As per sources, PM Modi will be inviting Chinese President Xi Jinping to India for talks
  • PM Modi will hold three bilateral meets at Kyrgyzstan on the sidelines of SCO Summit with China, Russia and Afghanistan
  • The SCO is a China-led eight-member economic and security bloc

Prime Minister Narendra Modi attending the 19th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit at Kyrgyzstan will be holding bilateral talks with China at 1650 local time. 

According to Republic TV sources, PM Modi will be inviting the Chinese President Xi Jinping to India to further bolster ties between New Delhi and Beijing with more comprehensive talks. 

At the sidelines of the Summit, PM Modi is scheduled to hold three back to back bilateral meetings on Thursday with leaders of China, Russia, and Afghanistan.

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Here is PM Modi's schedule for Thursday- 

  • He will fly out of New Delhi at 7 AM IST and as per confirmation from government officials, he will not be using the Pakistani airspace for his journey. He will fly over Oman, Iran, and Central Asian countries. 
  • He is scheduled to arrive the capital of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek at 3 PM IST
  • On his arrival, PM Modi will hold bilateral meet with the President of China, Xi Jinping at 1650 local time.
  • Following that, PM Modi will hold bilateral meet with the Russian President Vladimir Putin at 1730 local time. 
  • At 1800 local time, PM Modi will attend the SCO dinner hosted for the member-nations.
  • The third bilateral meet will be held with the President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani.

According to the MEA spokesperson, PM Modi on arrival at the Manas International Airport in Bishkek was received warmly. Over the next 32 hours, he will engage in 'extensive diplomatic engagements' apart from the bilateral meetings. 

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The SCO is a China-led eight-member economic and security bloc. Its founding members include China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan were admitted to the Beijing-based regional security grouping in 2017. 

This week's SCO summit will be the first major international event being attended by Modi after his re-election. 

In recent years the SCO has made counterterrorism cooperation one of its main focus areas. The organisation in recent years built up Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) which focusses on periodic counter-terrorism exercises involving the member countries. 

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