To ensure there is no deadlock, Modi-Xi would avoid Kashmir entirely

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"We will help Nepal realise its dream of becoming a land-linked country from a land-locked one", Xi said at a dinner yesterday after he arrived from India where he had informal meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Informal Summit will provide an opportunity to the Chinese President and PM Modi to continue their discussions on overarching issues of bilateral, regional and global importance and to exchange views on deepening India-China Closer Development Partnership, the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement. The assembly would be the second such summit between the 2 leaders, following their 2018 landmark assembly in Wuhan, China, the place the 2 sides agreed to hit reset on India-China ties after the 2017 Doklam disaster.

Xi landed at the Chennai airport on Friday. They will head towards the four iconic monuments of Mamallapuram at 5 pm.

On Wednesday, the two together met with the Chinese leadership for talks. China also took an unusually strong position on India effectively removing Article 370 (which had ensured local autonomy for the Indian state of Jammu Kashmir) and creating a separate Union Territory (a province directly ruled from New Delhi) in Ladakh.

On Saturday, the two leaders will have a one-on-one meeting at the Fisherman's Cove resort and then hold delegation-level talks.

He said that Kashmir is in our blood and Kashmiris have not bowed before India yet, Pakistan will use all its resources whenever needed. The rich history of Mamallapuram's relations with China makes it the best venue that India could have decided upon to host the summit.

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"This visit will slightly curtail India's influence and force New Delhi to think twice before imposing an economic blockade like it did in 2015", Shrestha said.

President Bhandari said the relation between Nepal and China is as deep as the ocean and as high as Mt. Everest.

Beijing also reiterated that it opposed "any unilateral actions that complicate the situation", which was an implicit criticism of India's revocation of Kashmir's special constitutional status.

Modi presented a Nachiyarkoil Annam lamp and a Thanjavur painting to XI.

They also undertook to carry out another feasibility study to construct a tunnel from China's Kerung to Kathmandu and to fix existing highways, as well as to strengthen hydropower, security, trade and education links.

One of the deals includes an understanding to start a feasibility study of a China-Nepal cross-border railway project being considered under an ambitious project that is a component of China's signature Belt and Road Initiative. The Chinese President said China would address Nepal's concerns about climate change aside from promising to safeguarding common planet earth and maintaining ecology around the Sagarmatha region.

To that extent, it could accomplish what the first informal summit, held previous year in the central Chinese industrial city of Wuhan, also set out to do, after the two neighbours were locked in a military standoff at Doklam in Bhutanese territory in 2017.

  • Sonia Alvarado