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PM Modi cleans Tamil Nadu beach ahead of talks with Xi

Xi arrives in India for informal meeting with Modi Xi given warm welcome in India
Steven Clarke | 12 October, 2019, 22:30

"Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed on Friday to promote exchanges and mutual learning among civilizations to achieve joint development and prosperity", a statement released by official news agency, Xinhua said.

An editorial in Global Times called the Mahabalipuram meeting "one of this year's most anticipated summits", and said it would "set the tone and direction for the next stage of China-India ties while providing stability and positive energy for the current world full of uncertainties". Modi said both countries agreed to be sensitive to each other's concerns as they held delegation-level talks.

Referring to the first informal summit between the two countries at Wuhan previous year, Prime Minister Modi said it has brought in an "increased stability and fresh momentum in our relations".

Without elaborating, Chinese President Xi Jinping said "we have engaged in candid discussions as friends", as they sat down for talks.

China and its ally Pakistan have been angered by India's decision two months ago to revoke the special status for the part of Kashmir it controls, which was accompanied by a crackdown on dissent.

As for India signing the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement covering the 10-member ASEAN bloc of Southeast Asian nations and its trading partners including China and Japan, the Secretary said Mr. Modi had stressed the importance of ensuring that the RCEP was "balanced".

Misri also stressed the importance of India-China cooperation under multilateral frameworks such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, BRICS and the G20.

The Himalayan region has been a long-standing source of conflict between India and Pakistan.

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India is under increasing pressure to decide whether it will be a part of the China-backed grouping that is seeking to conclude negotiations by November.

India also is concerned about China's moves to build strategic and economic ties with its neighbors Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and the Maldives.

But most of the disagreements were pushed to one side so they did not become a summit dispute.

There was an acknowledgement that both India and China were "very complex and very diverse countries", and that both will work together so that radicalization and terrorism does not affect their multicultural, multiethnic and multireligious societies, Gokhale said.

They went to war in 1962 over disputed Himalayan territory and other border standoffs remain.

Mr. Gokhale said President Xi was keen on strengthening the collaboration between the two countries in defence.

"We believe, guided by leaders from the two sides, ties between China and India would become a significant factor in defining global relations in the future", the editorial added. Besides, balance should be maintained between trade in goods, services and investment.

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

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