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Summit To Have "Far Reaching Impact For Chinese People", Says Xi Jinping

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Deanna Wagner | 12 October, 2019, 15:00

Chinese and Indian leaders have just begun the second day of their one-in-one at India's picturesque resort overlooking the Bay of Bengal, trading pleasantries and trying to reconcile frictions between their nations.

Chinese President Xi Jinpinghas landed at Chennai Airport on Friday ahead of his 2nd informal summit with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Mahabalipuram, a sleepy, seaside town on the outskirts of the city.

Modi said a summit in the Chinese city of Wuhan previous year "gave increased stability and fresh momentum to our relationship".

This year's one-in-one spelled "the start of a new era in India-China relations", PM Modi offered. The two leaders spent five hours of "quality time". Both as ancient civilisations with several thousand years of history, China and India have carried on their exchanges and mutual learning till this day, he said.

In their first informal meeting a year ago, the two leaders reached the consensus that the differences between the two countries should not be allowed to turn into disputes.

On commerce India and China - both facing a protectionist America - want greater access to each other's markets, with India now importing from China far more than it exports there. In 2017, the two countries were engaged a serious military face off lasting 73 days in Bhutan's Doklam plateau. They went to war in 1962 over disputed Himalayan territory and other border standoffs remain.

Commenting on the discussions on trade, Gokhale said the two leaders had a "good conversation" on the subject.

India has made considerable effort to ease travel and visa procedures for Chinese tourists, and the country is expecting more Chinese travelers, he said. Gokhale said the leaders talked about enhancing trade and investment, "and this also obviously included the issue of the trade deficit" Delhi has with Beijing. "This will be at an elevated level" with Chinese vice premier level official heading the delegation from the Chinese side and Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman leading the team from the Indian side, Gokhale said.

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China's backing of Pakistan "has left a very bad taste in India's mouth", Pant said.

Boundary issues between the countries are also expected to come up for discussion. These could also be in third countries, he added later.

It mostly revolved around economic cooperation and struggle against extremism that plagues both India and China.

Receiving Xi at the entrance, Modi also extended warm welcome to the Chinese president.

"The Wuhan spirit had given a new momentum and trust to our ties".

"If we can speak on the basis of larger concerns between us, then it would be a significant voice that would be heard on the global stage, of two of the largest countries in the world working together", he said.

However, India is facing severe backlash from its domestic constituencies to sign the pact, as it involves China. India says the matter is a purely internal issue while China and Pakistan have objected to the Indian action.