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The fifth India-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, held in Beijing on 14 April, took place at a very interesting time. In the past few months, both India and China, in spite of their deep divergences over strategic and economic issues, and the strains caused by the Doklam standoff in 2017, are trying to put relations back on track by increasing their engagement at the governmental level. In keeping with those attempts, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit China on 27-28 April, for a one-on-one summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Significantly, this Strategic and Economic Dialogue, the first after Doklam (one of the consequences of which was that there was no dialogue last year), was held just days after the Boao Forum, at which President Xi Jinping (now leader for life) articulated his vision for a myriad of important, but complex issues, such as globalisation and geopolitics, especially the Belt and Road Initiative.


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