27 April: A Big Day for Asian Diplomacy

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Friday, 27 April 2018 is certain to be a major day for Asian diplomacy. On that day, the heads of 4 nations will be meeting in two separate events and possibly end up creating a new era in their respective bilateral ties.

Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, will be meeting Xi Jinping, the President of China, in what has been termed as an ‘informal summit’ between the two heads of states. This meeting will be taking place at Wuhan located in the Hubei province of central-eastern China. The agreement to the meeting by the two nations was revealed to the public after a meeting between Sushma Swaraj, the Foreign Minister of India, and her Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi. Wang even referred to the upcoming summit a ‘new starting point’ in the ties between the two nations.

The other meeting will be taking place in Korea and has been widely anticipated by the world at large for quite some time. Kim Jong-un, the Supreme Leader of North Korea, will be meeting Moon Jae-in, the President of South Korea, at Panmunjeom. This meeting will be the culmination of the incredible reconciliation which began in February 2018, at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. A flurry of meetings took place between the two countries after the Olympics, finally resulting in this historic meeting.

Both of these meetings have similar aims. All the leaders involved are trying to improve the ties between the two countries at the regional and bilateral levels. The United States has an interest in both meetings, although its positions on both are different.

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