China, India Should Regard Each Other As "Partners": Xi Jinping

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded his informal "heart-to-heart" Wuhan summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping on a positive note.

Terming the informal meeting between Mr. Xi and Mr. Modi "a success and a milestone", Mr. Kong said, this meeting was not meant to solve specific problems, but the main aim was to strengthen communication exchanges, provide strategic guidance to the relations, and increase mutual trust between the leaders.

The two leaders also agreed to undertake a joint project in war-ravaged Afghanistan that would stand for their ability to cooperate instead of competing with each other.

In what can be considered a big jolt for Pakistan, India and China are likely to go in for a joint economic project with Afghanistan.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on April 28, 2018 highlighted the importance of maintaining peace along the India-China border. But the economic relationship is dwarfed by the US-China trade volume, which stood at nearly $600 billion. "Other areas we spoke about include agriculture, technology, energy and tourism".

The two leaders believe that the simultaneous emergence of India and China as two large economies and major powers with strategic and decisional autonomy, has implications of regional and global significance. China claims the strategically important region, but India says it belongs to ally Bhutan. A diplomatic source here said the mood in the meetings was perfectly encapsulated in the instrumental cover of a popular Bollywood song from the 80s, hon na juda yeh wada raha, by a Chinese orchestra at Xi's dinner for Modi.

Importantly for India, Kong said that China was not going to push India to become a part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

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"China and India are both important engines for global growth and we are central pillars for promoting a multi-polar and globalized world".

The official China Daily said in an editorial there was no denying mutual suspicion was keeping the two countries from working together.

"The China-India relationship should be a stable and developing one, with mutual trust as the foundation", Xi was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

The countries fought a border war in 1962 and past year engaged in a 10-week standoff.

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.

Modi's visit to China, especially the informal meeting with Xi, is obviously not exclusively aimed at preparing for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in June.

Billed by both sides as an informal meeting rather than a summit, with none of the pomp and ceremony of a state visit such as 21-gun salutes, the two men held talks on Friday that lasted far longer than expected. It was blandly indicated by official quarters that both sides will work to maintain peace and tranquillity on the border, and that they discussed terrorism.

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