FROM EIR DAILY ALERT
China’s President Xi Jinping To Visit India Next Month
Jan. 22 (EIRNS)—China’s President Xi Jinping is planning to visit India as early as February, reported India Today. Xi is expected to discuss with Prime Minister Narendra Modi measures to defuse border tensions, and to propose deals to expand imports of Indian farm products and increase cooperation in advanced technologies. Earlier reports said Xi hoped to visit before India’s general election due by April/May, according to Nikkei Asian Review.
Last June, when Modi and Xi met at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Qingdao, Modi invited Xi to visit India. During the Qingdao meeting the two leaders decided to set a trade target of $100 billion. Xi then also showed readiness to open China’s market to Indian pharmaceuticals as well as agriculture products. Today, during a meeting in Beijing between India’s Commerce Secretary Anup Wadhawan and China’s Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Shouwen, a detailed discussion took place on India’s widening trade deficit with China, which crossed $57 billion last year, the Indian Embassy said.