Wednesday, 16 October, 2019

Modi picks up trash from seaside town while hosting China's Xi

Xi arrives in India for informal meeting with Modi Xi given warm welcome in India
Deanna Wagner | 12 October, 2019, 22:26

India has made considerable effort to ease travel and visa procedures for Chinese tourists, and the country is expecting more Chinese travelers, he said. "Our position is anyways very clear that this is an internal matter of India", he said.

The two countries should and can embark on a broad road of friendly cooperation, he said, adding that they should correctly view their differences, and never let the differences dim the overall situation of bilateral cooperation.

The two leaders evaluated the direction of bilateral relations in a positive light and discussed how India-China bilateral interaction can be deepened to reflect the growing role of both countries on the global stage.

On Day 1, both leaders spent some "quality time" together, with Modi seeking greater investments from China as well as expansion of two-way trade, in order to address India's trade deficit concerns, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said.

Beijing is insistent that New Delhi must now sign the mega free-trade pact Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership or RCEP, the talks for which began in 2012.

On commerce, India and China are both facing a protectionist U.S. and want greater access to each other's markets.

Xi arrived in India two days after hosting Pakistani Prime Minister Khan in Beijing.

According to India's Commerce Ministry, India's exports to China amounted to $13.33 billion in the 2018 financial year, compared with imports of $76.38 billion. He is travelling to Nepal for the first official visit by a Chinese President in 23 years.

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The leaders reiterated the consensus reached during the first Informal Summit in Wuhan, China, in April 2018, that India and China are factors for stability in the current global landscape and that both side will prudently manage their differences and not allow differences on any issue to become disputes. Modi hosted a private dinner for Xi at the temple complex after their talks.

Modi took Xi on a personal tour of temple monuments dating back to the seventh and eighth century at Mamallapuram in southern India when regional leaders had trade ties with Chinese provinces. This is the second informal summit between Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi.

Xi said he has received grand welcome and warm hospitality from the Indian government and people, and has felt the profound traditional friendship between the two peoples throughout the visit.

India and China share a 3,500km border, over which they went to war in 1962.

Both agreed that it is important to support and strengthen the rules-based multilateral trading system at a time when globally agreed trade practices and norms are being selectively questioned.

China supported Pakistan in raising India's actions at the U.N. General Assembly meeting in NY.

Gokhale said that President Jinping also welcomed investment from India to China in sectors like information technology and pharmaceuticals.

The report noted that one-on-one dinners are originally scheduled for an hour but Modi and Xi's last almost two and a half hours. The prime minister said he is also looking forward to meeting with Xi again in China.