Published: Sat, October 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Xi doesn't raise Kashmir with Modi as they seek to reset ties

Xi doesn't raise Kashmir with Modi as they seek to reset ties

Besides, balance should be maintained between trade in goods, services and investment. "It is not for other countries to comment on the internal affairs of India", India's External Affairs Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

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. Wuhan spirit has given our ties a new momentum and trust.

India and China have similar concerns and some similar stances among global issues such as climate change, and the two countries have worked together constructively, he 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.

Appreciating the age-old commercial and people-to-people contacts between India and China, the two leaders agreed on establishment of sister-state relations between Tamil Nadu and Fujian Province, exploring the possibility of establishing an academy to study links between Mahabalipuram and Fujian province.

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

Fourth, China and India should deepen pragmatic cooperation and tighten ties of interests, Xi said.

A meeting between Xi and Modi in Wuhan, China, in April 2018 was preceded by tensions caused by a 10-week standoff between their countries' armed forces on the Bhutan border.

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

"We had decided that we will prudently manage our differences and not allow it to turn into dispute, be sensitive of each other's concerns and be a pillar for peace and stability in the world", he said.

"As countries that are large and diverse, they recognised the importance of continuing to make joint efforts to ensure that the worldwide community strengthens the framework against training, financing and supporting terrorist groups throughout the world and on a non-discriminatory basis", said the MEA press release.

Replying to a query, Gokhale said: "Kashmir issue was not raised and discussed at the informal summit".

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

Xi flew off to Nepal for a one-day stopover on his way home in a country that India has traditionally considered within its sphere of influence.

He also lauded the Union and Tamil Nadu governments and the people of the State for the hospitality extended to him. China said India should not act unilaterally in Kashmir, a portion of which China also controls.

Mr. Modi and Mr. Xi also agreed to explore the possibility of forming a "manufacturing partnership" through the proposed mechanism. It said PM Modi "banked on personal chemistry to iron out the wrinkles in relations between the two nations". He further said that no matter from any point of view, both the countries should be good neighbours and good partners who "live in harmony and move forward hand in hand".

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