Xi, Modi Hold Bilateral Talks in China, Agree to Improve Ties

09 June, 2018, 21:34 | Author: Dustin Murphy
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Following is the text of the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi's departure statement prior to his visit to Qingdao in China.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will open late Saturday a two-day regional security summit attended by Russia, Iran and other allies confronting rising tensions with the U.S. over trade and Washington's withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal.

Along with the Heads of State Council (HSC) session, which is the SCO's supreme decision-making body, the leaders will hold a number of bilateral meetings on the summit's sidelines. India and Pakistan became its members a year ago.

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.

Though new and old contentious issues remain, there has been a turnaround in bilateral ties since the military standoff was resolved last August.

The president also plans to hold bilateral meetings with the leaders of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Pakistan, and a tripartite meeting with the presidents of China and Mongolia.

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.

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.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Qingdao, China, on Saturday.

Modi and Xi were also expected to discuss economic relations between the two countries, NDTV reported.

Luo said it was the 14th meeting between our two leaders over past four years.

Gokhale said Xi referred to the growing popularity of Indian films and not only spoke about the success of the movie Dangal in China, but also mentioned that Baahubali 2 and other Hindi movies had done well in the country. Before leaving for China, the prime minister said he was "excited to lead the Indian delegation for our first-ever meeting as a full member".

Modi arrived here on Saturday afternoon for a two-day visit to attend the annual SCO Summit. Under a previous agreement, Beijing is supposed to share the river data, but it stopped past year after the two armies had a 73-day faceoff at Doklam in the eastern sector.

The security bloc will also likely mull over whether to allow Iran to ascend from its position as an SCO observer to become a full member state - a development it has sought since 2008 but has been unable to achieve while subject to United Nations sanctions.

The two leaders also discussed China importing "high quality pharmaceutical products" from India.

Their second meeting in almost six weeks since the Wuhan Summit took place on the sidelines of the SCO meet and covered key aspects of the bilateral engagement, reflecting the resolve by the two countries to reset relations and bring back trust in their ties which was hit by the Doklam standoff and several other thorny issues.

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