Nirmala Sitharaman had held talks with Gao Hucheng when she visited China with vice-president, Hamid Ansari in June this year. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint Beijing: Ahead of Chinese president Xi Jinping’s forthcoming visit to India, commerce ministers of both the countries are set to hold talks to finalize multi-billion dollar package of Chinese investments in India. Commerce minister, Nirmala Sitharaman is due to arrive in Beijing on Monday to take part in the India, China joint economic working-group (JEG) headed jointly along with her Chinese counterpart Gao Hucheng. The two ministers would meet on 2 September to discuss a broad trade agenda which includes China’s plans to address India’s concerns of mounting trade deficit which is currently averaging around $35 billion per annum. India’s trade deficit with China mounted to $8.84 billion in the first three months of this year out of total trade volume of $21.98 billion. The bilateral trade amounted to $65.47 billion in 2013 with trade deficit totalling $31.42 billion. This is Sitharaman’s second visit to China after she took over as commerce minister. She held talks with Gao when she visited China with vice-president, Hamid Ansari in June this year. The commerce ministers talks would focus on the broad package of Chinese investments that were expected to be announced during Xi’s visit New Delhi expected to be in the third week of September, officials told PTI. High on the agenda of investments are the Chinese industrial parks in India, which was expected to be announced by Xi during his visit. A Chinese delegation is currently in India visiting three different locations, including New Delhi, Gujarat and Maharashtra. The two sides have already signed an MOU outlining a broad frame work for the parks. India wants China to set up four such parks, while China wants to make a beginning with one. Discussions were expected to be focused on the products China wants to manufacture in the parks while Chinese officials maintained the quantum of the investment would be announced by Xi during his visit. Considering the rapport established between Xi and Narendra Modi during their meeting in Brazil on the sidelines of the recent Brics meeting, the extent of Chinese investments would be discussed during their meeting in New Delhi. Yet another area of discussions would be China’s involvement in India’s plans to modernise its railways. China is keen to construct the high speed rail network on build, operate and maintenance basis while India currently prefers China to modernise the existing tracks to improve the speed as well as modernising the railway stations.