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Expectation from upcoming PM visits  to Vietnam and China  (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II)

PM’s visit to Vietnam
1)During one day visit, PM is expected to meet with his counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc and President of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang. 
2) It would include a cultural pact on archaeological support
3) Further may boost bilateral trade to double its current levels.
The bilateral trade between our two countries is around $ 8 billion; it has grown 400 per cent in the last six to seven years. The two leaderships have set a target of $ 15 billion by the year 2020.
4) India’s plans to provide the BrahMos Missile as well as boost Vietnam’s maritime capabilities in the South China Sea would be of most interest.

But the PM’s visit will be watched most closely for any statements on defence cooperation as well as how their joint statement tackles tensions with China in the wake of the South China Sea Spratly and Paracel Islands dispute.

Visit to China
Mr. Modi will be travelling to China straight after Vietnam for the G-20 summit where he will meet President Xi Jinping. 

Key issues
1) In the meeting with President Xi, India’s hopes for a consent from China on membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group. 
2) India is also keen on gaining support on terrorism issues ahead of the upcoming U.N. 
General Assembly session where a battle is brewing with Pakistan over the violence in Kashmir, India wants China to lift the technical hold China has placed on banning JeM chief Masood Azhar. 
3) On the part of China, it will seek reassurance from India on its growing military ties with the United States, which saw the logistics LEMOA agreement being signed this week in Washington.



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