Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, pictured at the 2017 BRICS Summit in Xiamen, will meet again Friday for an "informal summit" in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.
The Xi-Modi meeting will be different from the past ones as the talks will not be choreographed but freewheeling with only one Mandarin-speaking Indian interpreter present.
During their summit, the two leaders are expected to work out a consensus between the two countries to resolve a host of issues, including the boundary question. On Saturday, the two leaders will have opportunity to spend time without their aides with Xi taking Modi for a lakeside walk and a boat ride on the picturesque East Lake.
Earlier on Thursday, ahead of his departure, PM Modi had said,"President Xi and I will exchange views on a range of issues of bilateral and global importance. We will discuss our respective visions and priorities for national development, particularly in the context of current and future worldwide situation", Modi said.
India Today reports that the two leaders will have at least five rounds of extensive talks over the two days. The idea is to open strategic communication channels at the highest level.
Leading newspaper China Daily quoted excerpts from a recent article written by China's Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui in which said, "Both countries are at a critical stage of economic development and modernisation", and acknowledging that "it is natural for neighbours to have differences (and) that when differences can't be solved for now, we should properly manage them and focus on cooperation".
It is a leadership driven summit providing a leadership driven direction and a way forward to more stable bilateral ties, they added.
The decision to hold an informal summit was taken on 22 April on the first day of Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's meeting with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.