India & China hold first major talks

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in the national capital on Sunday morning and is holding talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

This is the first contact between the two governments after the Indian general elections.

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Wang Yi will also meet President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday.

The details of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India later this year are also likely to be discussed.

Modi had extended an invitation to the Chinese president during his telephonic talk with Wang Li.

The  Chinese leadership is keen to improve relations with India in the face of serious challenges it faces over its maritime disputes with Japan in the East China Sea and with Vietnam, the Philippines and other maritime neighbours in the South China Sea amid a major US military push into the Asia-Pacific.

Tibetans protest

 Tibetan emigres Sunday staged a protest in Delhi against Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to India.

With banners that read “Prime Minister Modi speak for Tibet”, Tibetans raised slogans and staged a protest at Majnu ka Tilla by the bank of the Yamuna river – an area inhabited by Tibetan refugees – in the national capital.

“We are protesting against the visit of the Chinese minister. Chinese leaders coming to India is not at all right for us,” said Kartan Naam, one of the protestors.

The demonstrators also burnt the Chinese flag.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for bilateral talks.

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