Modi set to meet Xi at SCO

Beijing, June 8: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit China on Saturday to attend a two-day Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in the coastal city of Qingdao where he will have a one-on-one with President Xi Jinping. Although both have met over a dozen times as leaders of their countries, the Saturday meeting in Qingdao comes just a little over two months after the “ice-breaking” informal summit in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. India and Pakistan last year were formally inducted into the eight-member security bloc whose other member nations are China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. After a year of turbulence marked by over a two-month military stand-off near their border, Sino-India ties have seemingly improved in 2018. (IANS)