China, India agree to avoid military dispute on tense border

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Even the 'China and India' section under "Countries in the region' sub-topic of the website wasn't updated beyond 2013 which means none of PM Modi's frequent meetings with Jinping were mentioned in the space dedicated to the two nations' bilateral relations".

PM Modi held one-on-one talks with Xi which is being seen as an effort by India and China to rebuild trust and improve ties that were hit by the 73-day-long Dokalam standoff past year.

Following the most protracted standoff in years, India last year agreed to pull back troops from the disputed Doklam Plateau high in the Himalayas, where Chinese troops had begun constructing a road.

"The two leaders expressed their support for the work of the Special Representatives on the India-China boundary question and urged them to intensify their efforts to seek a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable settlement", Gokhale said.

Billed by both sides as an informal meeting rather than a summit, with none of the pomp and ceremony of a state visit such as 21-gun salutes, the two men held talks on Friday that lasted far longer than expected.

At the conclusion of summit, China's foreign ministry said in a statement that Xi had told Modi that "a friendly Sino-Indian relationship is a significant, positive factor in safeguarding world stability", adding that "China and India should be good neighbours and good friends".

India has put out that the two countries looked forward to working in the direction of peace, and that they had also agreed to do a joint economic project in Afghanistan, in which context China has been seen as Pakistan's partner.


"Both leaders also talked about the importance of a balanced and sustainable trade ties between India, China". This will be the first such project in the war-ravaged country by India and China. "With the current backlash against globalization, a heart-to-heart dialogue between the two leaders will promote free trade", read the op-ed.

The Chinese side paid attention to details like decorating Saturday's lunch menu with the colours of Indian flag and displaying a peacock on it.

Xi said that the two countries have forged a closer development partnership and made progress on exchanges and cooperation in various fields. India should let China believe that it will never take part in an Asian version of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation or the Indo-Pacific strategy aimed at opposing China.

"China and India are both major global powers in this region".

Other longtime sore points between the two governments include China's ardent backing of Pakistan, India's arch rival, and New Delhi's sheltering of the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader whom Beijing considers a separatist traitor.

They are also scheduled to meet again in June for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting in China's Qingdao.

Between India and China, their collective population and economies comprise more than 2.6 billion people and 17.6% of the global economy. He also pointed out that Xi had said the problems between the two sides "are of a limited, temporary nature".

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