India, China joint economic project in Afghanistan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being received in Wuhan after he landed on Thursday night in China. Vice foreign minister Kong Xuanyou looks

India, China joint economic project in Afghanistan

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.

"China does not think it is important whether India accepts China's Belt and Road infrastructure project and China won't force it to", Kong said, while briefing Chinese reporters.

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and President of People's Republic of China Xi Jinping held their first Informal Summit in Wuhan on April 27-28, 2018, to exchange views on overarching issues of bilateral and global importance, and to elaborate their respective visions and priorities for national development in the context of the current and future worldwide situation.

The visit was viewed as an important step towards building mutual trust ever since New Delhi and Beijing were locked in a tussle over Doklam, where a military standoff lasting 73 days had put a strain on the same.

He said the two leaders had also agreed to enhance military and security communication mechanisms.

Terming the informal meeting between Mr. Xi and Mr. Modi "a success and a milestone", Mr. Kong said, this meeting was not meant to solve specific problems, but the main aim was to strengthen communication exchanges, provide strategic guidance to the relations, and increase mutual trust between the leaders.

Cooperation for better ties: The two sides agreed to strengthen Closer Development Partnership that would go a long way in bringing prosperity to the people and the region.

Regarding the bilateral cooperation, the two sides agreed to sort out the existing mechanisms between the two countries to make communication between the two countries more effective, start bilateral negotiations as soon as possible, further expand bilateral trade, promote cultural cooperation and exchanges between the two countries as a whole, seeking fair and reasonable solution of border issues, he added.

His statement assumes significance amid moves by the west, particularly the U.S., to take protectionist measures that have hit countries like China and India.

Today, the two leaders walked along the banks of East Lake and also took a boat ride together as they made a decision to step up their personal rapport to add heft at the highest levels to try and fix a relationship that reached its lowest ebb a year ago during the 73-day military standoff in Doklam.

"China and India should be good neighbors and friends", Xi said.

On Friday, Modi and Xi first met at the Hubei Provincial Museum where the two leaders held one-on-one talks. New Delhi has also been alarmed by China's moves to build ties with Indian Ocean nations including India's longtime rival Pakistan. However, the issue of getting Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar enlisted as designated terrorists at United Nations, was not discussed in particular. China has repeatedly blocked India's bid to designate Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN.

Muhammad Faruk Khan, presidium member of Bangladesh's ruling Awami League, told Xinhua that the deepening of understanding between China and India will undoubtedly benefit both of them and the region at large.

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