India rolls red carpet for Chinese FMs first trip After feting SAARC Heads of State at Prime Minister Narendra Modiâ€™s swearing-in ceremony, the Ministry of External Affairs is readying to roll the red carpet for its first big visitor from outside the subcontinent â€” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Mr. Wang lands in New Delhi early Sunday morning and will fly out on Monday night with many meetings on the anvil. On Sunday, he will meet with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, as the two leaders acquaint each other with the road ahead on Sino-Indian ties. On the agenda, according to sources, would be the meeting schedule for Special Representatives (SRs) to discuss the most pressing bilateral issue of resolving the border dispute between both the sides. India is keen to narrow the vast trade deficit of $31 billion, even as the two countries close in on their goal of $100 billion bilateral trade by 2015. Commerce and Industry MoS Nirmala Sitharaman also tweeted that she had been briefed on bilateral trade issues by Indian Ambassador to China Ashok Kantha ahead of Mr. Wang's visit. The two sides are also scheduled to talk about issues such as energy cooperation, Afghanistan and counter-terrorism, especially Jihadi terrorism, in the wake of a rise in attacks emanating from China's Xinjiang province. â€œChina and India both being victims of terrorism... face similar challenges in counter-terrorism,â€ said Mr. Wang in an exclusive interview to The Hindu in Beijing. â€œChina stands ready to deepen counter-terrorism cooperation with India to better safeguard the common security interests of the two countries,â€ he added. Mr. Wang and Ms. Swaraj, who are expected to hold a joint press conference after their meeting, will also initiate preparations for Chinese President Xi Jinpingâ€™s visit later this year to Delhi. Mr. Wang will call on President Pranab Mukherjee and NSA Ajit Doval on Monday. China is keen to have President Mukherjee attend a special commemoration of 60 years of the Panchsheel Treaty in Beijing on June 28th. Mr. Modi will also meet with Mr. Wang on Monday, and set the course ahead of his own trip to the BRICS summit in Brazil in July, where he will meet President Xi. Officials said Mr. Wangâ€™s trip is essentially an ice-breaker for the two countries, and contentious issues, including Tibet, hydel projects on the upper reaches of the Brahmaputra, and Mr. Modi's tough stand on Arunachal Pradesh during his campaign are unlikely to come up. It is considered significant, however, that the new government included the Prime Minister of the Tibetan-Govt in exile Lobsang Sangay at Mr. Modi's oath of office ceremony in May. India rolls red carpet for Chinese FMs first trip - The Hindu ********************************************************************** The manner in which China has hotfooted to India. indicates that they are incredibly keen to weigh up Modi since he is not the run of the mill wimp that have been PMs. It is also to China's surprise that even with the adverse situation with China, India has not gone defensive and instead even had the Tibetan PM in exile as an honoured guest at the swearing in of Mr Modi, giving a clear indication that India can play ball. Further it has given resolve by India that Arunachal is not a piece of territory that India will turn over and play dead. It has the AP Minister as the Minister of State and the retired Army Chief as the Minister in charge of the NE. Meaning, it is not business as usual. Of course. for the Chinese trade and money is all that they are interested in as the elixir of life and so that is also an area of interest. They are also concerned that the PM's second visit is to Japan and that sure is not to their liking. In other word, India is ready to play ball and China wants to know what is the ball park they are looking at.