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With standoff ending, Modi to visit China

The announcement of Mr. Modi’s visit to Xiamen came hours after Bhutan issued a press statement welcoming the end of the Doklam-related tension between India and China and said, “We hope this contributes to the maintenance of peace and tranquillity and status quo along the borders of Bhutan, China and India in keeping with existing agreements between the respective countries.”

Myanmar visit

Mr. Modi will return home after paying a significant visit to Myanmar between September 5-7.

The MEA noted that the visit would be the first to that country by Mr. Modi and include Myanmar’s capital Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon and the ancient Buddhist city of Bagan.

“During the visit, the Prime Minister will hold discussions with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on matters of mutual interest and also call on President U Htin Kyaw,” said the official announcement.

Mr. Modi had hosted Ms. Suu Kyi during an outreach for the BIMSTEC on the sideline of the BRICS summit held in Goa in 2016. The visit to Myanmar comes days after India expressed concern over fights between Rohingya attackers and the Myanmar security forces.

In a strong statement issued on August 26, India extended support to the Myanmar security forces and described the attackers as “terrorists.”

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