Meeting with Xi to add further vigour to India-China ties: PM

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Jun 2018 08:32:06



Chinese President Xi accepts Modi’s invitation for an informal summit in India in 2019

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said he had detailed discussions with Chinese President Xi Jinping on bilateral and global issues which will add further vigour to the India-China friendship after their “milestone” informal summit in Wuhan.

“Met this year’s SCO host, President Xi Jinping this (Saturday) evening. We had detailed discussions on bilateral and global issues. Our talks will add further vigour to the India-China friendship,” Modi tweeted after the meeting. Recalling that he and Prime Minister Modi successfully had an informal meeting and reached important consensus in Wuhan, President Xi said the meeting had been well received by both countries and the international community, and a positive atmosphere is taking shape to pay close attention to and support the development of China-India relations.

China is willing to work with India to take the Wuhan meeting as a “new starting point” to continuously enhance political mutual trust and engage in mutually beneficial cooperation across the board, so as to push forward China-India relations in a better, faster and steadier manner, Xi was quoted as saying by China’s state-run Xinhua news agency.

Xi has accepted Modi’s invitation for an informal summit in India in 2019, Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said, adding that the dates and other formalities will be worked out later through diplomatic channels.
Xi and Modi had agreed to maintain peace along their 3,448-km-long disputed border over which the two countries went to war in 1962.

“Further strengthening the positive momentum in the bilateral relationship generated at the Wuhan informal summit, PM Narendra Modi had a warm and forward-looking meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the SCO Summit,” India’s External Affairs Ministry’s spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

“Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Ministry of Water Resources, the People’s Republic of China, and Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, the Republic of India, upon provision of hydrological information of the Brahmaputra river in flood season,” the Indian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“The agreement enables the Chinese side to provide hydrological data in flood season from May 15 to October 15 every year. The article also enables the Chinese side to provide hydrological data if water level exceeds mutually agreed level during the non-flood season.”
China had withheld the river data of Brahmaputra to India last year after Indian and Chinese military faced off at Doka La over a road being built by Beijing in the area. “The 2006 Protocol on phytosanitary requirements for exporting rice from India to China has been amended to include the non-Basmati rice,” the statement said.

China’s Defence Minister as well as the Minister for Public Security will visit India. The two leaders agreed to maintain strategic communications and meet on the sidelines of international meetings. The next Modi-Xi meeting would take place in South Africa in July on the sidelines of the BRICS summit, he said.

India and China have agreed to set up a mechanism to enhance people-to-people exchanges. The new mechanism would be headed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Chinese State Councilor Wang Yi. The first meeting of the new mechanism would be held this year, Gokhale said.

Last week, Modi had said that Asia and the world will have a better future when India and China work together with trust and confidence while being sensitive to each other’s interests. Modi also said that an “Asia of rivalry” will hold the region back while an Asia of cooperation will shape the current century.

It is for the first time the Indian prime minister will be attending the SCO summit after India along with Pakistan became full-fledged members of the grouping last year.
Modi arrived in the picturesque coastal city of China’s Shandong province on a two-day visit to attend the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)
Briefing the media on the Modi-Xi meeting, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said it was “very positive and forward looking” with both leaders lauding the spirit of the Wuhan summit.