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India's Narendra Modi meet with China's Xi Jinping as thaw



China's Foreign Ministry said Xi and Modi hold an "informal meeting" in Wuhan City, central China on April 27 and 28.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi described the visit on Sunday as a "new milestone" He said the two leaders should "cement strategic confidence" and "settle disputes properly".

However, the two countries have tried to resume their relations since the end of 2017, when the two came to an apparent solution in the border dispute in Doklam.

River, Pilgrim Agreement

India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said the two countries had agreed to reopen the Nathu La Pass, a key route for Indian pilgrims to reach the sacred Mount Kailash Mountain for Buddhists and Hindus. She also said that Beijing and New Delhi would again exchange data on the Brahmaputra and Sutlej rivers, which is crucial for forecasting floods in northeastern India.

"The progress made in recent months has also helped build confidence and understanding of our bilateral engagement," she said during a visit to Beijing.

Analysts also point to India's recent moves to distance itself from the exiled Tibetan community ̵
1; a long-standing hub in relations – as a reflection of Delhi's apparent shift in China policy.
  India wants to build military presence in Seychelles in the face of rising concerns in China

Manoj Joshi, a staff member of the Observer Research Foundation, said CNN last month India is anxious to keep relations in balance, especially with China, which is nearing rival Pakistan.

"Relations are in a troubled place, with India trying to repair fences that have been broken in the last two years," CNN

adding that China also sought progress as it did not want to that "India migrated back to the American camp".

Despite the rapprochement, India sought to combat China's influence in its backyard by building a military base in the Seychelles as China expands its reach in the Maldives and Sri Lanka, where it has taken control of a strategically located port.

Sugam Pokharel in Delhi and Serenitie Wang in Beijing have contributed to this report.


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