Fri, Jul 28, 2017 | updated 06:24 AM IST

Chinese Foreign Minister to visit India from tomorrow to firm up agenda for Modi-Xi talks on G-20 sidelines

Updated: Aug 11, 2016 05:26 IST      
Chinese Foreign Minister to visit India from tomorrow to firm up agenda for Modi-Xi talks on G-20 sidelines

New Delhi, Aug.11 (ANI): Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will arrive in New Delhi on Friday (August 12) to possibly firm up the agenda for the talks that are to take place between President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of this year's G-20 Summit to be held in the resort town of Hangzhou.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi will be meeting his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj on Saturday (August 13).

The Ministry of External Affairs has described the visit as part of the regular high level dialogue between New Delhi and Beijing.

Foreign Minister Wang last visited India in June 2014. Both Foreign Ministers Wang Yi and Sushma Swaraj have been meeting regularly on the margins of multilateral meetings. Most recently, they had met in Moscow during the Russia-India-China trilateral meeting in April 2016.

During the visit, the two sides will discuss various issues of mutual interest, including the upcoming multilateral meetings viz., G-20 Summit being held in China and BRICS Summit being held in India.

However, according to a report in China's state-owned Global Times, Foreign Minister Yi may also use his visit to New Delhi to acquire a perspective and an assessment of Prime Minister's Modi's prior visits to Vietnam and Laos before landing in Hangzhou for participation in the G-20, ASEAN-India and East Asia Summits, which could provide a greater insight into India's "Look East-Act East" policy, as also New Delhi's stand on the ongoing South China Sea (SCS) territorial dispute following the July 12, 2016 verdict of the international tribunal in favour of The Philippines.

According to the report, Beijing is viewing Prime Minister Modi's visit to Vietnam rather closely, given that Hanoi is also a party in the SCS dispute and has also staked a maritime and rich energy resource claim to use of its waters.

Prime Minister Modi's visit to Vietnam on September 2 and 3 to hold bilateral discussions with the Vietnamese leadership, including President Tr?n Ð?i Quang and Premier Nguy?n Xuân Phúcon, will be centered on boosting bilateral trade, energy cooperation, oil exploration, defence ties, as also discussions on regional issues of mutual interest to both nations, which could focus on concerns over reported Chinese aggression in the SCS, Prime Minister Modi's visit to Japan in 2015 and his interaction with Premier Nguy?n Xuân Phúcon in Delhi.

Last year's joint vision statement issued by India and the United States with regard to developments in the Asia-Pacific region could also figure in the talks in Hanoi.

As far as the territorial dispute related to the SCS is concerned, New Delhi has been a firm advocate of the "Right to Freedom of Navigation for all six countries located in its vicinity i.e. Brunei, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, The Philippines and Vietnam.

India could use this visit to Vietnam to state that China must consider not militarizing or blocking navigation on and through the South China Sea (SCS).

Interacting with media in New Delhi recently, Vietnam's Ambassador to India Sin Thanh appreciated India's position on the South China Sea dispute, and said, "We do not welcome any militarisation in the region but welcome constructive engagement by other countries to make situation peaceful."

There are reports in the media that India could take the talks related to offering Vietnam Indo-Russian manufactured Brahmos cruise missiles and other military hardware such as T-54/55 tanks and Mi7/8 helicopters during Prime Minister Modi's visit forward.

Government run Chinese media has said that India should not get entangled in the SCS dispute. (ANI)

Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India], July 28 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah and Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani will file their nominations for Rajya Sabha elections from Gujarat today at 11 a.m.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 28 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir activist Sushil Pandit, while welcoming the nabbing of Hurriyat leaders by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) over money laundering charges to fund terror in the Kashmir Valley, on Friday said that the graver charges against Separatist leaders must be probed.

Full Story >>

BJP confident of Nitish's victory in floor test

Updated: Jul 28, 2017 04:32 IST     

New Delhi/Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], July 28 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday expressed confidence over Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar proving majority on the floor of the house.

Full Story >>

NCP dubs Bihar upheaval pre-planned

Updated: Jul 28, 2017 04:19 IST     

New Delhi/Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], July 28 (ANI): The swift developments in Bihar, with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's resignation to his swearing-in again within 24 hours, made the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Friday dub it as pre-planned.

Full Story >>

TN: PM Modi flags off weekly express train at Rameswaram

Updated: Jul 27, 2017 23:53 IST     

Rameswaram (Tamil Nadu) [India], July 27 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday flagged off the weekly express train Shraddha Sethu Express in Tamil Nadu's Rameswaram.

Full Story >>

Flood situation in Assam under control: Rijiju

Updated: Jul 27, 2017 23:38 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 27 (ANI): The flood situation in Assam is under control and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) with the state government is keeping a constant round the clock watch on the situation, the Centre said in Parliament on Thursday.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 27 (ANI): A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Thursday sentenced Abid Khan for five years of rigorous imprisonment and asked him to pay Rs. 5,000 for hatching a conspiracy to commit terrorist acts and owing allegiance to the banned terrorist organisation ISIS.

Full Story >>

J-K: Terrorists fire upon joint party of Army, Police

Updated: Jul 27, 2017 23:30 IST     

Shopian/Kulgam (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], July 27 (ANI): Few terrorists fired upon a joint party of the Army and the Police on Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir, which was returning from a cordon and search operation at Shopian district's Materbugh area.

Full Story >>

Ministry of Defence enhances financial powers to Armed Forces

Updated: Jul 27, 2017 22:49 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 27 (ANI): The Ministry of Defence on Thursday decided to delegate substantial financial powers to the Armed Forces for undertaking works for the perimeter security of sensitive military installations.

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], July27 (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday announced that the state government would soon launch a mobile app for farmers to apply online for the loan waiver and for this, the government has opened nearly 26,000 facilitation centers to help them fill the forms.

Full Story >>

Howrah (West Bengal) [India], Jul 27 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who visited the flood-affected areas on Thursday, said she has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure that the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) dam does not release large amounts of water which has been causing flood in several areas.

Full Story >>

Party had no idea about CM Nitish's plan, claims JD(U)

Updated: Jul 27, 2017 22:11 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 27 (ANI): Surprised with the overnight change in the government in Bihar, Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)) senior leaders on Thursday asserted they had no idea about the decision being taken by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 27 (ANI): The Congress on Thursday remained unperturbed after three of its members from Gujarat joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and said the deflection won't affect the party's prospects in the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections.

Full Story >>

Chhagan Bhujbal files fresh plea in special PMLA court

Updated: Jul 27, 2017 21:42 IST     

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], July 27 (ANI): Ex-deputy chief minister of Maharashtra and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Chhagan Bhujbal on Thursday filed a fresh bail plea in special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court here.

Full Story >>

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Jul 27 (ANI): Former deputy inspector general (Prisons) D. Roopa on Thursday said she wouldn't apologise and is ready to face the court proceedings after former Director General of Police (Prisons) H.N. Sathyanarayana Rao sent a legal notice asking her for her unconditional apology into the alleged bribery remarks she had made against him.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 27 (ANI): With the latest political ruckus in Bihar, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) on Thursday lashed out at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar stating that the recent episode in the state politics has brought his dubious character to fore.

Full Story >>

CBI arrests garrison engineer employee for accepting bribe

Updated: Jul 27, 2017 19:54 IST     

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], July 27 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday arrested Lt. Colonel J.S. Bath of Garrison Engineer and R.B. Chauhan, an assistant in Garrison engineer for accepting bribe for clearing pending bills of civil contractor.

Full Story >>

LS passes Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2016

Updated: Jul 27, 2017 19:49 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 27 (ANI): The Lok Sabha passed the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2016. Several amendments were moved by the government during the passage of the Bill.The Bill amends the 2013 Act to address difficulties in implementation with respect to compliance requirements and facilitates ease of doing business.

Full Story >>

Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid talk about nationalism on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra's show

Updated: Jul 27, 2017 19:49 IST      By: Bani Simer Kaur

New Delhi [India], July 27 (ANI): Stand-up comic Kunal Kamra recently invited Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid on his chat show 'Shut Up Ya Kunal' on YouTube with the aim of providing them an opportunity to speak their mind.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 27 (ANI): Delhi's Patiala House Court on Thursday issued a notice to National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Tihar Jail authorities on a plea seeking interim bail on medical grounds by an alleged ISIS suspect Mohammed Shareef Moinuddin Khan for allegedly recruiting and financing people to join the terror outfit.

Full Story >>