Modi tells Xi relations are stable, differences manageable

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in India Friday for a summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi

India has asserted, including at the level of the foreign minister, that India would not be raising any additional territorial claims and that China would not be impacted. Besides, balance should be maintained between trade in goods, services and investment.

Last year's meet in Wuhan between the two leaders was considered a landmark meet credited to have turned around the bilateral relations soured by the 73-day-long Doklam standoff.

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. The #ChennaiConnect will add great momentum to India-China relations.

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

According to India's Commerce Ministry, India's exports to China amounted to $13.33 billion in the 2018 financial year, compared with imports of $76.38 billion. He stayed overnight at Hotel Taj Fishermen's Cove for the two-day informal summit with the Chinese president.

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

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale told reporters that Chinese President Xi Jinping is ready to take measures to reduce India's deficit in the bilateral trade.

Mr. Gokhale categorically said the Kashmir question has never been raised in the meeting because it is India's internal matter.

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They reaffirmed a pledge made at the last summit in Wuhan, China, that "both sides will prudently manage their differences and not allow differences on any issue to become disputes", said an Indian government statement. During talks, China might have urged India to take an independent decision on telecom equipment maker Huawei's bid for India's proposed 3G network and not be swayed by USA pressure.

"As countries that are large and diverse, they recognised the importance of continuing to make joint efforts to ensure that the global 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.

Xi said he has received grand welcome and warm hospitality from the Indian government and people, and has felt the profound traditional friendship between the two peoples throughout the visit.

The president said they will instruct relevant departments of both sides to implement the results of the meeting so as to open up new prospects of China-India cooperation.

It has been infuriated by China's backing for Pakistan, which controls a large chunk of Muslim-majority Kashmir.

Modi, for his part, also spoke highly of the meeting, saying Xi and he have held extensive communication in a friendly atmosphere, consolidated their friendship, improved mutual understanding and trust, and forged closer connections between the two ancient civilizations.

Noting that he attaches great importance to the friendship with Xi, Modi said he is willing to maintain such conducive and effective strategic communication with Xi and together create a attractive future for India-China relations.

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