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Beijing Wanted Wang To Call PM Modi, Delhi Politely Said No

The Indian side reportedly informed the Chinese that the prime minister was busy on Friday as he was due to attend the UP Chief Minister’s swearing-in ceremony in Lucknow.

Beijing approached New Delhi for Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but South Block politely declined, according to the Indian Express. The Indian side reportedly informed the Chinese that the prime minister was busy on Friday as he was due to attend the swearing-in ceremony for the UP Chief minister in Lucknow.

Wang, who came to New Delhi on an unannounced visit, has been here for more than two years. He reached the capital at 7:45 p.m. Thursday and left around 3 p.m. Friday. Sources said the Chinese invited Doval to China as a special representative. The NSA, the sources said, responded positively, saying it could visit once the immediate issues were successfully resolved.

The Chinese, however, have not invited India to a meeting on Afghanistan which is convened in Beijing. “No, they didn’t invite us,” External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Friday.

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