Xi Jinping to visit India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Tajikistan from next week

Xi, also the General Secretary of the ruling Communist Party of China, will attend a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit and visit four countries later this month, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang announced today.

The President is scheduled to attend the 14th meeting of the Council of Heads of the SCO member states on Thursday and Friday in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, said Qin.

After the meeting, Xi will also pay state visits to Tajikistan, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and India at the invitation of counterparts – Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, Maldives President Abdulla Yameen, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and President Pranab Mukherjee, according to Qin.

Maldives was apparently included in Xi’s itinerary after the cancellation of his visit to Pakistan due to the prevailing political situation there.

The dates for the visits to the sub-continent are yet to be announced.

National Security Advisor Ajith Doval is currently in Beijing holding talks with Chinese officials to finalise Xi’s programme in India. (The Hindu)

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