China gears up to welcome Modi for informal summit with Xi

WION Web Team
Wuhan, Hubei, ChinaUpdated: Apr 26, 2018, 02:56 PM IST

Modi and Xi in Ahmedabad. Photograph:(Twitter)

Security has been beefed up Wuhan on Thursday as China gears up to host Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping are to hold an informal summit in Wuhan.

The last meeting between Xi and Modi took place in China's eastern city of Xiamen last September after the ninth BRICS summit.

News agency Reuters report quoting Indian ambassador to China, Gautam Bambawale stated that  Modi's meeting with Xi will bear no agenda and will have a very friendly setting. However, he also said that the two leaders may still hold a candid dialogue on the pressing global issues and their outlook for the world and set a course for the development of bilateral ties.

Modi has sought to re-set ties after disputes over issues including their disputed border with Tibet and other issues.

The Asian giants were locked in a 73-day military stand-off in a remote, high-altitude stretch of that boundary last year. At one point, soldiers from the two sides threw stones and punches.