New Delhi, Oct 15, 2016: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday, for the ninth time in the last two and half years, the visiting Chinese leader is likely to impress upon India the need to break the envoy deadlock with Pakistan.
Jinping reaches at 1.10 pm Saturday and is scheduled to meet Modi at 5.40 pm.
On the other hand, sources said that Pakistan has reached out to China through diplomatic and political channels so that Xi can push for the resumption of engagement at a time when the dialogue process has frozen, apart from asking India to maintain “restraint” along the Line of Control.
Before he had presented his credentials this week, Pakistan’s High Commissioner Abdul Basit met new Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui.
Luo had also met Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval last week and is understood to have discussed some of the talking points for the Xi-Modi bilateral meeting.
However, Modi will not let the argument go unchallenged “if it is raised by the Chinese”, a source said.
An Indian government source said on the expected response of the Prime Minister that “It is India’s response to provocation from Pakistan. We want peace but cannot tolerate Pakistan’s sponsorship of terrorism.”