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With Doklam standoff resolved, PM to visit China

All quiet:India and China on Monday declared the de-escalation of the standoff on the Doklam plateau.AP  

A day after the resolution of the Doklam standoff, India announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay a three-day visit to China, even as Bhutan welcomed the diplomatic end of the border crisis.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) also announced that Mr. Modi’s visit to China for the BRICS summit will be followed by his visit to Myanmar.

“At the invitation of the President of People’s Republic of China, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will visit Xiamen, in China’s Fujian province during September 3-5, 2017 to attend the 9th BRICS [Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa] Summit,” said the Ministry of External Affairs in an official press release here on Tuesday.

India on Monday declared de-escalation of the two-month-long standoff on the Doklam plateau that had led to dramatic rise in tensions.

Citing a senior official, The Hindu had reported that the trip is likely to include a one-on-one meeting between Prime Minister Modi and President Xi Jinping on September 4. The meeting between the two leaders will be the first since they exchanged courtesies during the July 7-8 G20 summit meeting in Hamburg.