Amid bonhomie, China says won't push India on BRI

Apr 29, 2018, 13:33
Amid bonhomie, China says won't push India on BRI

To this end, they issued strategic guidance to their respective militaries to strengthen communication in order to build trust and mutual understanding and enhance predictability and effectiveness in the management of border affairs.

China and India on Saturday pledged to improve military communication to avoid a repeat of last year's stand-off along their 3,500km shared border, as the two sides wrapped up talks aimed at getting their relationship back on track.

The two sides also agreed to expand their cooperation in global healthcare, disaster risks and reduction and mitigation and ushering in digital empowerment.

The two leaders were also seen riding on a houseboat and chatting over tea - a "chai pe charcha" moment.

Other pictures showed Xi accompanying Modi throughout the exhibition as the Indian leader played musical instruments and viewed the displays.

Curbing terrorism: Both India and China identified terrorism as a major problem and as such, chose to work together to combat it.

Thought no official agreements were struck, Chinese vice-foreign minister Kong Xuanyou described the just-concluded informal summit between the leaders of China and India as a milestone in relations. "It will undoubtedly give impetus and new dynamics to China-India relations", Boris Volkhonsky, associate professor of the Institute of Asian and African Studies, Moscow State University, said.

"Both the leaders are trying to find ways to communicate to each other and I have no doubt that this will have positive impact on India-China relations and on moving ahead on a number of issues", the top Indian diplomat said.

The two leaders directed their militaries to earnestly implement various confidence building measures agreed upon between the two sides, including the principle of mutual and equal security, and strengthen existing institutional arrangements and information sharing mechanisms to prevent incidents in border regions. India's membership bid to the Nuclear Suppliers Group was also opposed by China on the grounds that New Delhi is not a signatory to the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty or the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Tuesday that the two leaders have "a good working relationship and personal friendship".

The Chinese president's remarks came during an informal meeting with Modi on Friday and Saturday in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, the agency said.

Special gesture: Chinese President Xi took PM Narendra Modi on a tour of the exhibition of Marquis Yi of Zeng Cultural Relics and Treasure displayed at the Hubei Provincial Museum.

An Indian and Chinese convergence on Afghanistan taking the shape of a joint venture is ground-breaking, the Times of India reported. They agreed to cooperate on counter-terrorism. The BRI also includes the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which India opposes as it goes through Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

The dispute remains unresolved: India considers Arunachal Pradesh one of its northeastern states, while China stakes claim to about 90,000 square kilometres (35,000 square miles) of the area.

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