India, China Reaffirm Ties Following Obama's New Delhi Trip

02/02/2015 3:54 PM IST | Updated 17/03/2016 9:18 PM IST
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BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 2: Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) face the media as they greet each other before starting a meeting at the Great Hall of the People on February 2, 2015 in Beijing, China. Swaraj is in China to attend the 13th trilateral meeting of foreign ministers from Russia, India and China, aimed at to boosting bilateral ties. (Photo by Rolex Dela Pena-Pool/Getty Images)

BEIJING - China and India are reaffirming their ties following U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to New Delhi that underscored Beijing's complicated relationship with both countries.

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday welcomed India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Beijing and said he expected greater developments in ties between the two Asian giants this year. Swaraj is attending a trilateral forum in Beijing among China, India and Russia.

Obama's visit to India last month was seen in China as an attempt to deepen U.S. influence in countries on China's periphery.

Beijing's relations with New Delhi received a big boost from Xi's visit to the country in September, although the sides still differ over their disputed border, unequal trade and China's attempts to expand its influence into the Indian Ocean.

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