PM set for 'informal summit' in China

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The announcement for the April 27-28 meeting was made by China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi at a joint media event with India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Beijing on Sunday.

"I was talking to Foreign Minister Wang Yi yesterday, he mentioned that Dangal, Secret Superstar and Hindi Medium are very popular here", Sushma Swaraj added.

"I want to say that the way India and China's relation are strengthening, trade is increasing, we are working together on global forums, it has become increasingly important that you learn Hindi and we learn Chinese".

Sources said the Wuhan meeting had been conceived on the lines of then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's ice-breaking 1988 visit and his far-reaching talks with China's paramount leader Deng Xiaoping that set a new tone in relations after the 1962 war.

He is again due to visit Chinese city of Qingdao in June this year to take part in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit.

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"Our two leaders had in-depth exchange of views and reached important consensus on furthering the China-India relationship".

The Minister appreciated the way Indian films are becoming increasingly popular in neighboring country China.

"Against such back drop China and India have a lot to discuss. The two countries have no choice other than pursuing everlasting friendship, mutually beneficial cooperation and common development", Wang told reporters after meeting Swaraj in Beijing. "We will make sure that the informal summit will be a complete success and a new milestone in the history of China-India relations".

China's opposition to India's entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group and its application at the United Nations to declare Pakistan-based terror group chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist are some other irritants in the ties. India has also raised concerns about an economic corridor China is building in Pakistan as the project cuts through Pakistan-administered Kashmir, disputed territory that New Delhi claims is illegally occupied.