Modi, Xi spent nine hours together at informal summit

by Abel Hampton April 30, 2018, 1:22
Modi, Xi spent nine hours together at informal summit

The meeting in Wuhan is part of an intensifying dialogue between two leaders whose countries comprise more than one-third of the world's population and 18 percent of global gross domestic product.

Briefing reporters at the end of the two-day informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi in the central Chinese city, foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale said they proposed collaboration in the areas of spirituality, trade, technology, tradition and entertainment including films.

Gokhale said the two leaders reviewed developments in India-China relations from the strategic and long-term perspective and made a decision to implement various confidence-building measures which had already been agreed upon by the two sides.

Gokhale said Modi and Xi were of the view that Special Representatives on border talks from both countries will have to intensify their efforts to seek a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable settlement. The two sides will also work together in implementing confidence building measures.

Several web site-related reports have said that both India and China have their respective reasons for forging a broad-based regional approach towards stabilizing Afghanistan. But the economic relationship is dwarfed by the US-China trade volume, which stood at nearly $600 billion.

"In that context, the Prime Minister also mentioned the importance of balancing trade and also spoke of the possibility of agricultural export and pharmaceutical exports to China".

India has right from the start protested against China's CPEC push. "They should regard each other as an active factor in the change of world power", Xi said.

"We have paid reciprocal visits, met on multiple occasions, and reached many important consensuses over the past three years, which acted as a guidance to the positive development momentum of bilateral ties", Xi said. Modi and Xi agreed on the need to "strengthen strategic communication through greater consultation on all matters of common interest".

The leaders of China and India have stressed the importance of close ties against the background of their rivalry for leadership in Asia and the potential for co-operation on economic and security matters.

In addition, he said that China did not think it was important whether India accepted China's Belt and Road infrastructure project and China would not force it to.

The Congress spokesman asked whether Modi could confirm if China was constructing a road in South Dokalam area which extended till Siliguri and an economic corridor with Pakistan.

China and India also agreed to cooperate on countering terrorism. It was blandly indicated by official quarters that both sides will work to maintain peace and tranquillity on the border, and that they discussed terrorism.

Significantly, the militaries of both countries will be instructed to lower tensions that exist along the contentious boundary between the two countries.

They also chose to strengthen existing institutional mechanisms to prevent and manage situations in the border areas.

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