External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj will travel to China next month to participate in the foreign ministers’ meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit, the ministry stated on Tuesday.The summit is expected to be attended by PM Narendra Modi in Chinese city of Qingdao in June. As the minister’s visit to China was announced, Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat said the annual India-China military exercise will resume as well. The minister’s visit and the military exercise are seen as steps to move past last year’s military stand-off in Doklam. The relationship, which had turned sour after the Doklam stand-off, is now improving with both making efforts to maintain a good relationship.”The External Affairs Minister will be travelling to China to attend the SCO foreign ministers’ meeting scheduled for April 23-24,” a senior official said. During her China visit, the minister is expected to hold bilateral meetings with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of the summit.In the meantime, Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat said military diplomacy with China worked and the border personnel meetings that had stopped post Doklam have begun again and there is now “bonhomie” between the two forces.He said, “The hand-in-hand exercise with China happens every year. Only last year, this exercise was shelved (due to simmering tensions over Doklam), but this exercise is back on the cards.”The border personnel of India and China were locked in a 73-day stand-off last year in Doklam. The disengagement of forces took place in August last year.Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will also be visiting China next month and it is likely Doklam could come up for discussion.

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Sushma Swaraj to visit China next month