The pace of India-China engagement led Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to compliment the new government, saying it “had injected new vitality into an ancient civilization.”

Officials said on Sunday that Mr. Wang's trip was essentially an ice-breaker for the two countries, and contentious issues, including Tibet, hydel projects on the Brahmaputra, conflicts over the LAC are not on the agenda. It is considered significant, however, that the new government included the PM of the ‘Tibetan-Govt in exile’ Lobsang Sangay at Prime Minister Modi's swearing-in ceremony in May. In Delhi on Sunday, Tibetan groups held protests against Mr. Wang’s visit.

China is keen to have President Mukherjee attend a special commemoration of 60 years of the Panchsheel Treaty in Beijing on June 28.

Mr Modi will also meet Mr. Wang on Monday, and set the course ahead of his trip to the BRICS summit in Brazil in July, where he will meet President Xi.

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