India, China agree on joint economic Afghan project

Posted April 29, 2018

Gokhale said that the two leaders agreed that Special Representatives from India and China will have to be more involved to make efforts to come to a mutual settlement on border talks.

The foreign secretary said the two leaders agreed on prioritising the maintenance of peace along their borders and "decided to issue strategic guidelines to their military to this effect".

Modi and Xi agreed their countries should strengthen existing diplomatic mechanisms and improve lines of communication between the two militaries to ensure peace and tranquility along the lengthy border, Gokhale said.

India and China seem to have dusted off an old proposal for a joint economic project in war-torn Afghanistan, showcasing their ability to cooperate at a time the United States is trying to prop up New Delhi as a counterweight to Beijing in the Indo-Pacific.

The two Asian leaders also embarked on an hour-long boat trip on a lake followed by lunch.

According to him, Dokhlam stand-off is over and a new chapter has begun with the meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Wuhan informal summit.

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Officials on both sides hailed the summit as a success, given that the objective of the meeting was to maximise quality time for frank discussions.

"The great cooperation between our two great countries can influence the world", Xi said on Friday while welcoming Modi who is looking for a possible rapprochement with China.

"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.

Modi and Xi had six rounds of talks in the two-day summit where they discussed a wide range of issues.

"It is necessary to carry out closer strategic communications, conduct timely consultations on major issues of concern to each other, firmly grasp the general direction of the development of bilateral relations.", Xi said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday departed for New Delhi after completing a successful two-day informal summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping here.

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"The two leaders were clear that we have converging interests, and we have respective visions of domestic and foreign policy", he said.

The two countries even went to war in 1962 amid a dispute over their 3,500-kilometer (2,200-mile) Himalayan border.

They recognised terrorism as common threat and committed to cooperate further on counter terrorism.

The dispute remains unresolved, with India considering Arunachal Pradesh one of its northeastern states while China stakes claim to about 90,000 square kilometres of the area.

On India's membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group and the UN Security Council, and designating Pakistani terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad as a terrorist organization China is unbending.

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