Indian external affairs minister visits China, Pakistan and neighbor India celebrate their independence day amid Kashmir tensions, 74th anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War Two, and APEC meetings are expected.
Indian external affairs minister visits China
At the invitation of Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, India's Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar will visit China from August 11 to 13 and co-chair the second meeting of the China-India high-level people-to-people exchanges mechanism with Wang, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying announced on August 5.
The pair will also exchange views on regional and global hot-spot issues, according to Hua.
Pakistan, India celebrate independence day amid Kashmir tensions
Pakistan and India are going to commemorate their independence from British Empire in 1947, respectively on August 14 and 15. amid growing tensions over Kashmir.
The two countries celebrate on different days because Lord Mountbatten, the viceroy of British India, had to attend the Pakistan celebration on August 14 and then travel to Delhi for India's first Independence Day on August 15.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver a speech on the day and other celebration activities will be held throughout India including a football tournament, photo display and so on.
In Pakistan, flag-raising ceremonies, fireworks, parties, parades, marches, cultural events, and patriotic songs are a big part of the celebration activities.
The anniversary comes in the wake of India's move to revoke the special status to Indian-controlled Kashmir, which escalate the recent tensions between India and Pakistan.
74th anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II
August 15 marks the 74th anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II as well as the end of the war.
Every year around this time, peace-loving NGOs across the world gather in the Nanjing to remember the victims.
Day by day:
Monday: Wang Yi meets India's Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in Beijing, International Youth Day.
Tuesday: India's Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishanka continues his visit in China.
Wednesday: Pakistan celebrates independence day.
Thursday: India celebrates independence day; 74th anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II; 213th independence anniversary of Liechtenstein.
Friday: Pacific Island leaders meet with delegations from China, EU, Japan and the U.S., among other countries in the island state of Tuvalu; German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier welcomes Latvia's President Egils Levits with military honors in Berlin.
Saturday: APEC third senior officials' meeting and related meetings (to August 30); Corruption trial of Sudan's al-Bashir begins; Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Bhutan.