Today External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will embark on her 4-day visit to China. She will participate in a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
She will hold meetings with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi tomorrow. This will be Sushma Swaraj's first talks with Wang after he was elevated last month to be the state councillor.
China had earlier said that the Swaraj’s visit of the External Affairs Minister will further improve political trust between the two countries.
Chinese Foreign Ministry talking head Hua Chunying had said that the visit would also raise the China-India strategic cooperation partnership.
Worth mention here Sushma Swaraj will be also on a two-day visit to Mongolia from 25th of this month. This will be the first visit of EAM Swaraj to Mongolia. The last visit of Indian External Affairs Minister to Mongolia was 42 years ago as DD News reported.
During her Mongolia visit, EAM Swaraj will co-chair the 6th round of India-Mongolia Joint Consultative Committee meeting, IMJCC, with Foreign Minister Tsogtbaatar. Here both countries will cover a range of issues including, inter alia, political, strategic, economic, educational and cultural ties. The last talks of IMJCC was organized in New Delhi in 2016.
EAM in IMJCC will also deliver the keynote address at the Kushok Bakula Birth Centenary Celebrations in Ulaanbaatar to commemorate the birth anniversary of Late Venerable Kushok Bakula Rinpoche. Bakula Rinpoche was a highly revered Buddhist leader and monk from Ladakh. He was also a former Ambassador of India to Mongolia.