PM Modi arrives in China for G20 Summit; to discuss NSG, CPEC with President Xi Jinping
PM Modi will also hold a one-to-one meeting with President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 Summit.
Hangzhou (China): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday arrived here in China to attend the Summit of the group of 20 major economies (G20).
He is also expected to hold a one-to-one meeting with President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Summit, starting Sunday.
"Hello Hangzhou! PM lands in China to attend the G20 Summit," Modi tweeted, along with a photo showing Modi shaking hands with officials after landing.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup also tweeted about the Prime Minister's arrival in China, saying: "Morning in Hanoi, night in Hangzhou."
India is set to push for reforms to shore up the flagging global economy, poverty, green finance, among others, at the Summit of 20 major economies.
India's entry into the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and its concern over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) are also expected to be raised by the PM during his meeting with Xi Jinping.
Tomorrow's meeting is viewed as important in the backdrop of steady decline in the bilateral relations over a raft of issues including the USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor which runs through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
The two leaders, who enjoy a good rapport, would discuss contentious issues, which will also include listing of Pakistan-based terrorist organisations in the UN and China stalling India's membership at the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
This would be followed by a meeting of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) leaders ahead of the G20 summit, which would begin later in the day.
Modi reached Hangzhou, the capital and most populous city of Zhejiang Province in east China, to attend the two-day summit that begins on Sunday. Earlier in the day, he was in Vietnam, where both sides have inked a dozen of agreements to beef up bilateral engagements.
Modi will also hold bilateral meetings with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.
He will attend the G20 summit that begins tomorrow with this year's theme of "Strengthening Policy coordination and Breaking a new path for growth" followed by a number of cultural programmes organised by the Chinese government.
On Monday, he will take part in the second and concluding session of the G20 and hold bilateral meetings with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Argentinian President Mauricio Macri before returning to Delhi.
In all, he would reside in this picturesque city for about 48 hours, officials said.
A meeting between Modi and US President Barack Obama is, however, not on the cards during this trip, they said.
(With PTI inputs)