Prime Minister Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping to hold informal summit

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj departs for visit to China and Mongolia

"The summit will go a long way towards deepening the mutual trust between the two great neighbours".

Speaking at the convocation ceremony of Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management in New Delhi, the Dalai Lama said, "I always insist that neither China nor India has the ability to destroy each other" and it is much better if the two countries have "friendly" relations.

Swaraj said the summit would be "an important occasion for them to exchange views on bilateral and global matters, from an overarching and long term perspective, with the objective of enhancing mutual communication at the level of leaders". The meeting comes in the aftermath of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj visiting China and holding successful round of talks with her Foreign Ministry counterparts.

Also, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will arrive here on April 23 to take part in the SCO defence ministers' meeting to be held the next day.

Days after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to Pakistan as a "terror export factory", China came to its all-weather friend's support, urging the global community to back the country in its counterterrorism efforts.

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The two leaders made a decision to meet ahead of SCO meet as the summit of the eight-member group will offer little time and space for a lengthy interaction, the sources said. "We have agreed to maintain the momentum of these exchanges", she said.

The Modi-Xi meeting has been worked out by both sides following an understanding between the two governments that positive relations without much of tensions are most important for the development of both the countries.

"I am also happy for you being appointed as China's Special Representative on border talks with India". It comes as both powers seek to reduce risk in their regional environments as China faces down U.S. President Donald Trump's threaten trade actions and Modi seeks to keep India's economy on track ahead of the 2019 election. The meetings will be aimed at normalising between both the nations. Bhutan and China have a dispute over Doklam.

China also needs India's support for its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative involving major transport and energy projects in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives and Nepal.

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