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Sushma Swaraj arrives in Beijing

 Beijing, April 21: India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived on Saturday in Beijing on a four-day China visit where she will hold crucial bilateral talks with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi and attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation ministerial-level meeting. The one-on-one meet with Wang on Sunday will be the key highlight of Sushma Swaraj’s visit in which she will discuss a range of issues and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s China trip in June to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Summit. Their last meeting was in December on the sidelines of the BRICS Foreign Ministers meet.

Sushma Swaraj will attend the SCO foreign ministerial-level meeting on April 24 and leave for Mongolia. After the 73-day military stand-off at Doklam in 2017, China and India have tried to mend their ties, which is evident from the stepped up bilateral exchanges and high-level visits. Besides the long-standing border dispute, the two countries have a host of issues that plague their relationship. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) irks India as its planned route cuts through the disputed Kashmir held by Islamabad and claimed by New Delhi. (IANS)

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