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PM Modi to meet President Xi in October, announces Jaishankar in China

Jaishankar visits China Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team Beijing Aug 12, 2019, 03.20 PM (IST)

India's external affairs minister S Jaishankar on a three-day visit to China held talks with foreign minister Wang Yi on Monday.

In the joint address at the foreign minister's meeting, Jaishanker announced that Prime Minister Modi and President Xi would be meeting in October.

"Some suggestions were made today by the Chinese side to expand the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, we are deeply appreciative of those initiatives," Jaishanker said.  

The talks between Jaishanker and Wang Yi focussed on a second, informal, Wuhan-like summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping to be held in India this year.

"India, China should be a factor of stability," Wang Yi said. "We need to deepen our cooperation, there are certain differences between the two nations," China's foreign minister said.

Watch: EAM S Jaishankar hold talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

"There are differences between the two countries, we don't shy away from it but are candid and we will address it," Wang asserted.

During talks with Wang Yi, Jaishankar invoked the Astana consensus. Jaishanker announced that four agreements were signed between India and China including promoting cultural exchanges, enhance cooperation in the field of traditional medicine in healthcare and promote exchanges between sports associations and sportspersons.

India's external affairs minister had met Chinese vice president Wang Qishan earlier.

This is Jaishankar's first ministerial-level meeting with Chinese officials as part of the new government which was formed in May after the BJP-led NDA received a huge mandate in the general elections.