China’s defence minister is expected to attend the shanghai cooperation organization (CSO) defence ministers, which will take place in Delhi next week.
The meetings of the defence ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization are scheduled for April 27 and 28, 2023, in Delhi, and Chinese Defense Minister Li Shangfu is expected to attend.
Since the 2020 Galwan incident, the Chinese defence minister Shangfu’s planned visit to Delhi will mark the first time a Chinse Defense Minister has visited India.
In the incident, China engaged in aggressive action near the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh, which led to the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers and several soldiers of the Chinses Army.
China and the US have several geopolitical differences, including Taiwan tensions. As a result, China wants to improve its relations with India.
While the US is pushing India to support Washington more decisively, but India continues with its balancing policy.
In the meantime, China and India have had long differences on border issues since 1950, which has created distrust and resulted in the 1962 conflict.
The SCO is currently being presided over by India. The meeting will be led over by the Minister of Defence, Rajnath Singh.
India, Russia, China, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan are the eight states members of the SCO. There are also four observer states, including Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, and Mongolia.