Beijing: China today welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's invitation to President Xi Jinping to visit India this year and said that the two countries are in touch to finalise the proposed high-level trip.
The invitation to Xi was extended by Modi when Chinese Premier Li Keqiang telephoned to congratulate him on taking over as Prime Minister.
During Li's conversation with Modi, both sides agreed to further advance China-India strategic cooperative partnership, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said answering a question about Modi's invitation to Xi to visit India. “In the past many Indian leaders have on many occasions invited president Xi Jinping to visit India.
China appreciates that. The two sides are in communication with each other through the diplomatic channels on that,” he said. Details of Xi's visit are expected to be worked out during the forthcoming visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to New Delhi to personally greet Modi and hold talks with new External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Wang will be travelling to New Delhi on June 8.
During his visit, India may announce the participation of top leaders for celebrations marking 60 years of Panchsheel.