Modi-Xi summit - India, China should respect, learn from each other: Beijing

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in India Friday for a summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in India Friday for a summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi

During his visit, Chinese President held lengthy conversations in an informal manner with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and delegation-level talks took place between the two prolific leaders of Asia, where Jinping said, "We should carefully handle issues concerning each other's core interests". Khan's Beijing visit sparked off a series of apparently contradictory statements by the Chinese foreign ministry, where China was first seen to be favouring a bilateral resolution to Pakistan and, within 24 hours, reversing it to include United Nations resolutions.

The two leaders will meet at the Tanjo Hall in Taj Fisherman's Cove for the second round of their informal talks.

In the run-up to the informal summit, Indian officials had said that Modi will not raise the issue of Kashmir on his own, but could clarify Indian position if Xi sought a clarification. "They are in the midst of an agreement, and we are awaiting the details".

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Prime Minister Modi presented a specially woven shawl to President Xi Jinping , depicting the portrait of the visitor. The two leaders held their first informal summit in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in April a year ago .


Sources told Reuters in August that China had warned of "reverse sanctions" on Indian firms engaged in business in China should India block Huawei Technologies because of USA pressure. China's proposal for major infrastructure building in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir as part of its Belt and Road programme has faced strong Indian opposition. "This is the objective of the mechanism", he said.

Speaking highly of Xi's foresight and sagacity, as well as sincerity and pragmatism, Modi said India and China should not only face history, but also forge ahead to create a future, as the world peace and mankind's progress require the two countries' cooperation in the 21st century. The two leaders also agreed to explore of establishing manufacturing partnerships. The Foreign Secretary said China has expressed its willingness to address India's concerns on trade and agreed to look at ways to improve it in terms of volume and values.

There was an acknowledgement that both India and China were "very complex and very diverse countries" and both would work together so that radicalization and terrorism did not affect their multicultural, multiethnic and multireligious societies, Gokhale said.

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He said the "strategic communication has increased between the two countries".

China had extended an invitation to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to visit the country.

Referring to the 2nd Informal Summit at Mamallapuram, the Prime Minister said "In the Chennai Summit we have so far had great exchange on bilateral and global issues". They also shared their respective approaches towards national development. They shared the view that the global situation is witnessing significant readjustment.

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The development assumed importance in the light of India repeatedly expressing concern about its trade deficit of more than $50 billion with China. The Prime Minister said that, in the Wuhan Summit, both the countries decided not to allow any differences to become disputes and be prudently managed. They also recognised that India and China have a common interest in preserving and advancing a rules-based and inclusive worldwide order, including through reforms that reflect the new realities of the 21st Century.

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