Krishna in China; to hold talks with top leaders

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 21:58

Beijing: A wide range of bilateral and global
issues, including trade and developments relating to Syria and
Iran, are likely to figure in talks External Affairs Minister
SM Krishna will have with top Chinese leaders during his
visit here to inaugurate the new USD 10 million Indian embassy

Krishna, who arrived here tonight by a special flight on
a three-day visit, will hold talks with four Chinese leaders
here tomorrow on Sino-India ties.

Though his visit is a private one, mainly to inaugurate
the new USD 10 million embassy building here tomorrow, China
has lined up meetings with four of its key leaders with
Krishna, setting aside protocol and signifying the importance
it attached to Sino-Indian relations.

Krishna`s visit assumes significance as he is set to hold
talks with the Chinese leaders on various aspects of the
Sino-India ties, which have witnessed several ups and downs in
recent months, Indian officials here said.

His talks are expected to cover a wide range of global
issues, especially developments relating to Syria and Iran,
besides bilateral trade which touched a record USD 74 billion
last year.

Krishna would begin his day tomorrow by meeting Zhou
Yongkong, who is the ninth ranked member of the nine-member
politburo standing committee of the ruling Communist Party of
China (CPC).

Zhou, who also looks after the security aspects of China,
had visited India in 2010 and met several leaders there,
including Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

It was after this visit that China had tacitly agreed to
reverse its policy of giving visas on a separate piece of
paper to residents of Jammu and Kashmir which had drawn strong
opposition from India.

After meeting Zhou, Krishna would have a luncheon meeting
with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.

The two are set to discuss various issues concerning
bilateral ties, officials said.

He would later meet Wang Jiarui, a senior official of the
International Department of the Communist Party of China,
followed by a meeting with top diplomat and State Counsellor,
Dai Bingguo, who visited New Delhi last month to take part in
the 15th round of India-China border talks.

Indian officials regard the four meetings as significant
as they demonstrate the importance China attaches to his visit
to Beijing, even though it is for the purpose of inaugurating
the embassy building.

Chinese hold Krishna in high regard as they believe he
had brought a calming influence on the bilateral ties, when
they hit roadblocks.

Also, a senior Chinese official is expected to be present
at the inauguration ceremony of the Indian embassy`s new sand
stone building.


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First Published: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 21:58

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