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After Wuhan, Modi meets Xi Jinping in Qingdao

June 23 2018, 04:32 | Irvin Gilbert

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks to reporters in Tehran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks to reporters in Tehran

Its member states also include four ex-Soviet Central Asian republics, Pakistan and India. "And both leaders made very positive assessment of the Wuhan summit", he said, adding both the leaders agreed to keep open the strategic communication.

Russia´s President Vladimir Putin (C) reviews a military honour guard with Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) during a welcoming ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 8, 2018.

Trade, investment and development cooperation issues will also feature prominently at the SCO, Murphy said, given the climate of "rising anti-globalization and strains on global multilateral economic institutions", stoked by Trump's nationalist "America First" policy. The two leaders took stock of the progress in implementing the decisions they had taken at their informal summit in Wuhan in April.

Xi's visit will be preceded by a flurry of high-level meetings this year, including meetings between the foreign, defence and home ministers and the national security advisers.

"Our talks will add further vigour to the India-China friendship", Modi said on Twitter, as the two countries try to reset troubled ties months after a border standoff.

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Sharing some aspects of the almost 50-minute meeting, the foreign secretary said Xi described the Wuhan summit as a "new starting point" in bilateral relations between the two countries while prime minister called it as a "milestone" in ties which will help in developing mutual understanding and trust.

The Indian foreign secretary agreed, saying the talks were "underpinned by the spirit of the Wuhan summit".

The two leaders also deliberated on initiating a joint project in Afghanistan which will be in the sphere of capacity building.

"Despite competitive prices, India was unable to export rice to China due to their phytosanitary norms", said a New Delhi based dealer with a global trading firm, referring to food standards as well as animal and plant hygiene.

"On the Indian side, it will be headed by the external affairs minister (Sushma Swaraj) while on Chinese side, it will be headed by state councilor and foreign minister Wang Yi. One of the outcomes of today's meeting is that we have agreed we will move forward in identifying a specific project initially in the area of capacity building", Gokhale said. The two leaders also agreed to continue close coordination and cooperation on all issues of mutual interest. India had said past year that China did not stick to an agreement to share hydrological data, or scientific information on the movement and quality of water, for the Brahmaputra. India and Pakistan were admitted to the SCO past year.



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