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China’s Wang Yi to meet Indian PM Modi

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi will hold the country's first high-level meetings with the new Indian government when he travels to New Delhi on Sunday for a two-day visit.

NEW DELHI: China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi will hold the country's first high-level meetings with the new Indian government when he travels to New Delhi on Sunday for a two-day visit.

Mr Wang is expected to focus on building momentum in the Sino-Indian Strategic and Cooperative Partnership, particularly in developing bilateral ties and economic opportunities.

Relations between India and China have warmed in recent years, notably in areas of trade.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has himself visited Beijing four times during his 13-year tenure as Gujarat's chief minister.

Mr Modi will welcome Mr Wang on Sunday barely two weeks after taking office.

It is the first contact between both governments after Mr Modi's landslide victory in the country's May elections.

The visit brings together two of Asia's largest economies, who have actively built a strategic and cooperative partnership in recent years.

The Chinese government has expressed a keenness to further develop Sino-Indian relations in the political, trade and economic areas.

For Mr Modi's part, he has said China was always a “priority” in India's foreign policy, and encouraged greater economic engagement between the two countries.

Over the two days in New Delhi, Mr Wang is expected to meet Mr Modi and other government leaders, including his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj.

Nalin Kohli, Bharatiya Janata Party leader, said: "It is a very good opportunity to promote bilateral relations, and also we need to bear in mind that since Mr Modi has become the Prime Minister of India, you can see that work has already started at the level of the government of India."

Topics up for discussion during Mr Wang's visit include issues of trade and regional security.

Analysts believe Beijing realises that stepping up relations with Mr Modi's government will secure their position as India's strongest strategic and trade partner in Asia.

Defence analyst Bharat Verma said: "They want to now engage India on more better grounds and more constructively because they don't want India to decisively shift its ways towards democracies in Asia, because that will tilt the balance against China in Asia."

China may be making the first moves to express its eagerness to cement relationships and solve outstanding border issues, but India is equally keen to boost relations with China, especially in matters of trade.

Analysts believe that the fast-track diplomacy of the Modi government will go far to bolster ties between two of the world's most populous nations.  

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