New Delhi, Oct. 11 -- After some uncertainty, India and China made near-simultaneous announcements about the visit of the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, for an informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The inaugural informal summit between the two leaders was held in Wuhan, China, in April 2018, just months after a 73-day long face-off between the armies of the two countries in the Doklam tri-juction in Sikkim. The Wuhan summit was critical in lowering the temperatures . With Modi and Xi deciding to issue "strategic guidance" to their militaries to strengthen communication and build trust and understanding, the two nations signalled their resolve to maintain stability at the borders.

The second summit is happening against the back...