Modi tells Xi summit will launch 'new era'

Abandoned Lake In Mamallapuram Revived Thanks To PM Modi Xi Jinping Meet

Amid Kashmir tensions, India requests China to focus on common ground as leaders meet

Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale told reporters that "this issue was not raised and discussed", but that Xi apprised Modi of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit to Beijing earlier in the week. He further added, "Both leaders agreed that it was important to deal with challenges of terrorism and radicalisation in an increasingly complex world".

To solve the boundary issue, the two countries should seek a solution that is fair, reasonable and acceptable to both sides, he said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi continued their informal meeting in the southern Indian city of Chennai on Saturday. A new era of cooperation will begin today through Chennai Connect', Modi said while referring to the outcome of the first informal summit between the two leaders in the Chinese port a year ago.

The two leaders avoided the vexed Kashmir dispute from clouding their summit in the seaside temple town of Mamallapuram.

The two countries should make a success of next year's celebration of the 70th anniversary of their diplomatic relations and the activities marking the China-India year of cultural and people-to-people exchanges, he said. The ministry added that India-China agreed that a stable environment in the region is important to ensure the prosperity and stability of the region and agreed that the global situation is witnessing a significant readjustment.

In his opening remarks, Xi said he had a free and frank discussion with Modi and would pursue proposals the two leaders discussed to improve bilateral ties. He said, the Chennai Connect will herald a new era of bilateral cooperation.

The two countries' ancestors have overcome various obstacles to carry out extensive exchanges and promote the development of literature, art, philosophy and religion, which have greatly benefited both sides, Xi said.

The president said they will instruct relevant departments of both sides to implement the results of the meeting so as to open up new prospects of China-India cooperation.

A meeting between Xi and Modi in Wuhan, China, in April 2018 was preceded by tensions caused by a 10-week standoff between their countries' armed forces on the Bhutan border. The informal talks were followed by a lunch for the Chinese President, which was hosted by PM Modi.

Gokale said Modi and Xi were expected to discuss global and regional issues on the second day. Xi and his delegation's attention this weekend was divided between Modi and Washington, where China's chief negotiator, Liu He, met his U.S. counterparts to achieve a bare-bones trade agreement.

The wisdom from the two countries' ancient and profound civilizations can provide inspiration for solving various challenges facing the world today, Xinhua quoted him as saying. On India's complaint of trade deficit which mounted to over $57 billion past year in over $95 billion of total trade, Xi said, "We should take the establishment of the high-level economic and trade dialogue as an opportunity to synergise our economic development strategies and explore the establishment of a manufacturing partnership". PM Modi has accepted the invitation.

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