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PM Modi meets Chinese President Xi Jinping on SCO sidelines: Key takeaways

09 June, 2018, 21:34 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Membership to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization will strengthen India’s relations with Central Asia

Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also attend the meeting. The two leaders took stock of the progress in implementing the decisions they had taken at their informal summit in Wuhan in April.

Strengthening bilateral ties Prime Minister Narendra Modi 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 informal summit in Wuhan.

The SCO was founded at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech during the opening session of China's 19th Party Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017.

Trade, investment and development cooperation issues will also feature prominently at the SCO, Murphy said, given the climate of "rising anti-globalisation and strains on global multilateral economic institutions", stoked by Trump's nationalist "America First" policy.

Tweeting about Saturday's meeting, China's envoy to India, Luo Zhaohui, said Xi and Modi had discussed the "implementation of Wuhan consensus and drawing (up a) blueprint for future China-India relations".

China has been stating that rice from India does not meet its "phyto-sanitary" concerns. During his speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on June 1, Modi had talked about working closely with China and said an "Asia of cooperation" could shape this century.

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"One of the important outcomes of today's meeting was that the Chinese side conveyed that they accepted (Modi's) invitation to President Xi Jinping to have a similar informal summit in India in 2019", he said.

China has renewed its agreement with India on sharing data on the cross-border flow of waters from the Brahmaputra river during the flood season. On Indian side, it will be headed by EAM & on Chinese side, it'll be headed by state council & foreign minister Wang Yi.

This was the 14th meeting between the two leaders over the past four years.

Armoured vans lined the streets of the coastal city of Qingdao as world leaders arrived Friday for the 18th annual summit.

Promoting people-to-people ties "During the Wuhan summit, the two countries had also decided that people to people contact and people to people exchanges were a significant part of the relationship going forward that we needed to build better synergies through various means including films, culture, yoga, traditional Indian medicine, art, museum, and so on", Gokhale said. The China-led grouping includes India, Russia, Pakistan and several Central Asian countries, as well as Iran as an observer state.

India became a full member of the the China-dominated grouping previous year and New Delhi's entry into it is expected to increase the bloc's heft in regional geo-politics and trade negotiations besides giving it a pan-Asian hue.

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