PM Modi, Xi Jinping Hit Reset, Military To Get The Message Too

The big news Modi Xi Jinping want militaries to build trust and nine other top stories

Modi spent just 24 hours in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, holding long talks with Xi on Friday that were continued on Saturday. The Doklam plateau, near the India-Bhutan-China tri-junction, was the site of a 74-day-long standoff between Indian and Chinese troops from June to August 2017.

Modi and Xi agreed their countries should strengthen existing diplomatic mechanisms and improve lines of communication between the two militaries to ensure peace and tranquility along the lengthy border, Gokhale said.

"To this end, they issued strategic guidance to their respective militaries to strengthen communication in order to build trust and mutual understanding and enhance predictability and effectiveness in the management of border affairs", the Indian Foreign Secretary said.

The two leaders have agreed to hold more informal Summit for direct, free and candid exchange of views. But this meeting comes as both powers attempt to reduce risk in their own environments as China faces down U.S. President Donald Trump's threatened trade actions and Modi seeks to keep India's economy on track ahead of a 2019 general election.

India has put out that the two countries looked forward to working in the direction of peace, and that they had also agreed to do a joint economic project in Afghanistan, in which context China has been seen as Pakistan's partner.

While agreeing with Modi for collaboration in the areas of spirituality, trade, technology, tradition and entertainment, Xi told the PM that he wants screening of more Bollywood movies in China.




No details were available on the purported joint project apart from what had been discussed in the past about developing Afghanistan's infrastructure and the country's vast mineral resources. "It is the second largest shareholder of our region", Mr. Kong said.

He said there was no disagreement between the two leaders at the meeting.

The summit "is New Delhi's well-intentioned attempt to reach out to Beijing to see if the past can be put behind and if the relationship can be reset", Harsh Pant, a professor of global relations at King's College in London, told AFP.

From a strategic an security perspective, Kabul is important for India to help neutralize the impact of terrorist networks, suspected to be supported by Pakistan, and operating from there as well as Afghanistan. The Chinese President also hosted a dinner in honour of the visiting Indian Prime Minister. In the process of contact between the leaders of the two countries, it is inevitable to talk about the relationship between the two countries, and it is also a question that will inevitably be touched upon, " Mr. Kong said.

Volkhonsky said there are several platforms on which China and India can cooperate, particularly BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. China has repeatedly blocked India's bid to designate Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN.

Modi thanked Xi for meeting him twice outside Beijing, telling the Chinese leader: "This in itself shows love and affection towards India".

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