India's Modi To Seek Closer Ties During China Visit
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in China for a state visit expected to further boost diplomatic and economic ties between the two Asian giants.
Prime Minister Modi, who is making his first visit to China since being elected last year, arrived early Thursday in Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi province and the hometown of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
In what is being seen as a gesture of goodwill, President Xi is traveling to Xi'an to welcome Mr. Modi later Thursday. It is unusual for Chinese leaders to meet visiting heads of state outside of the capital, Beijing.
The visit comes months after Mr. Modi hosted Mr. Xi at his hometown of Ahmedabad for a state visit during which both leaders exuded a notable degree of personal warmth, which both sides hope translates into further economic cooperation.
The two leaders are expected during the visit to sign $10 billion in economic deals, according to the Chinese state-run Global Times newspaper.
Obama Hosting Gulf Summit with Focus on Iran, Regional Conflicts
U.S. President Barack Obama and senior officials from six Gulf nations are continuing their summit Thursday on issues in the Middle East, including a potential nuclear deal with Iran and the fighting in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya.
The talks with the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council began with a working dinner Wednesday night at the White House before shifting Thursday to the Camp David presidential retreat about 100 kilometers north of Washington.
Mr. Obama said the meetings come during what he called a "very challenging time" in the Gulf region.
His deputy national security advisor, Ben Rhodes, told Alhurra on Wednesday that one of the goals of the summit is to examine military capabilities and ways for the Gulf countries to both work together and with the United States.
Gulf states have expressed concern about the ongoing nuclear negotiations with regional rival Iran and want to upgrade their security relationship with the U.S. They are worried that a deal would boost Iranian prestige in the region and weaken U.S. ties with other Gulf states, particularly in military matters.
White House spokesman John Earnest said Wednesday the U.S. values its security ties with the Gulf Cooperation Council.