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Modi and Xi to meet for an informal bilateral summit
An informal meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will be held in the Chinese city of Wuhan on April 27 and 28.

Bilateral ties between the two nations have gone for a toss in the past few years. Both countries long to develop a more stable relation. The two leaders are expected to discuss strategic and overarching issues related to bilateral ties.

Since 2016, India and China have been at odds over several issues such as India's bidding for the membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and listing of Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. The relations between the two nations turned sour when India allowed the Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh despite China's protest. However, last year's military standoff at Doklam was a turning point which saw relations between the two countries straining even further.

After the end of Doklam stand-off in August last year, Modi and Xi met in Xiamen on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit, which was followed by Modi's meeting with Chinese premier Li Keqiang in Manila, on the sidelines of East Asia Summit later in November.

On a four day visit to China, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan. Later, Swaraj also met President Xi, as part of a delegation of foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on April 24.

Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to visit Wuhan city on April 27 and 28. The visit will be Modi's fourth to the country as Prime Minister and a second bilateral visit. He is due to visit China again on June 9 and 10 for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit.

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