PM Modi concludes China visit, leaves for home

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 Chinese president added that both the countries had similar ideas in worldwide affairs.

India's ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale, in an interview with the Hong Kong-based daily South China Morning Post back in March, had said that if the CPEC meets the norms of an global programme, then New Delhi has no problem.

On the first day of the summit on Friday, both the leaders held one-to-one talks, where they discussed the historical past of both India and China.

"On the issue of the India-China boundary question, the two leaders endorsed the work of the special representatives in their efforts to find a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable settlement", he said.

Saturday's statement outlined proposals meant to strengthen direct lines of communication between the two nations' militaries, "in order to build trust and mutual understanding and enhance predictability and effectiveness in the management of border affairs".

India and China agreed on a number of issues during the Wuhan meeting which had no fixed agenda and touched upon issues that the two leaders thought about freely.

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China-India relations have been under considerable strain as the two nations compete for leadership in Asia. The two fought a brief but bloody war in 1962 and have a history of mutual distrust. Bilateral ties deteriorated previous year when troops from both nuclear-armed powers stared each other down for months in a remote part of the Himalayas in a border dispute near Bhutan.

A crisis was averted in August when the two nuclear-armed nations pulled back.

India, China "backbone" of multi-polar world order: "As the two largest developing countries and emerging-market economies with a population level of more than one billion, China and India are the backbone of the world's multipolarisation and economic globalisation", Jinping was quoted as saying.

As for Afghanistan, the details would be announced once the two sides decided on the project. China while trying to expand its influence in Kabul has tacitly backed Pakistan, which has been accused by Afghanistan and the United States of backing the Taliban.

The statement also outlined plans by the two leaders to "push forward bilateral trade and investment", though it included no specifics on how this might be achieved.

"In that context, the Prime Minister also mentioned the importance of balancing trade and also spoke of the possibility of agricultural export and pharmaceutical exports to China".

Gokhale said Modi's talks with Xi focused on diverse areas of Indio-China cooperation. The issue of terrorism also came up in the meetings. "They committed themselves to cooperate on counter-terrorism".

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