India-China summit may ease border tensions: experts

Modi-Xi meeting takes place in central Chinese city of Wuhan on Friday and Saturday.

April 26, 2018 12:37 pm | Updated December 01, 2021 12:13 pm IST - NEW DELHI:

 In this September 17, 2014 photo, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a hotel in Ahmadabad. Mr. Modi is meeting Mr. Xi in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on Friday and Saturday with experts averring that the visit may likely bring glad tidings, including a long-awaited solution to the vexing border row. (FILE)

In this September 17, 2014 photo, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a hotel in Ahmadabad. Mr. Modi is meeting Mr. Xi in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on Friday and Saturday with experts averring that the visit may likely bring glad tidings, including a long-awaited solution to the vexing border row. (FILE)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is meeting this week with Chinese President Xi Jinping, a visit that some experts believe could reset a complicated relationship that faced several tests last year, including a tense border standoff.

The meeting between the leaders of the world’s two most populous nations takes place in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on Friday and Saturday.

The lingering row

The most complicated issue is a lingering border dispute. The two countries fought a month-long border war in 1962 and have been trying to settle the boundary since the 1980s.

Minor border skirmishes, often little more than shouting matches between soldiers, occur fairly regularly, but the most aggressive confrontation in decades took place last summer where the Himalayan borders of India, China and Bhutan come together.

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