- India is set to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation
- India boycotted the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing last month
- After Astana, PM Modi and Xi Jinping are likely to meet at the G20 summit
PM Modi arrived in the Kazakh capital yesterday on a two-day visit to attend the SCO summit where India and Pakistan will be inducted as full members of the bloc.
"PM @narendramodi meets President of China #XiJinping on margins of SCO Summit in Astana," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted today.
The meeting between PM Modi and Mr Jinping assumes significance as it took place after India boycotted the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing last month where 29 world leaders participated.
India abstained from the summit to highlight concerns over the $50 billion CPEC, which is part of the 'One Belt, One Road' or OBOR project that passes through Gilgit and Baltistan in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
After Astana, PM Modi and Mr Jinping are likely to meet at the G20 summit to be held next month in Hamburg in Germany, followed by the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa or BRICS summit to be held in Xiamen, China in September.
PM Modi also met Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on the sidelines of the SCO summit. "Taking forward #IndiaUzbekistan coop'n. PM @narendramodi meets President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan on the sidelines of SCO Summit," Mr Baglay tweeted.