Published: Sat, October 12, 2019

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi helps clear beach of rubbish

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi helps clear beach of rubbish

Sources told Reuters in August that China had warned of "reverse sanctions" on Indian firms engaged in business in China should India block Huawei Technologies because of U.S. pressure. Besides, balance should be maintained between trade in goods, services and investment.

They did however agree to step up their efforts so "that the global community strengthens the framework against training, financing and supporting terrorist groups throughout the world", said the Indian statement.

In their first informal meeting previous year, the two leaders reached the consensus that the differences between the two countries should not be allowed to turn into disputes.

The two leaders avoided the vexed Kashmir dispute from clouding their summit in the seaside temple town of Mamallapuram.

On Day 1, both leaders spent some "quality time" together, with Modi seeking greater investments from China as well as expansion of two-way trade, in order to address India's trade deficit concerns, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said.

China and India, Xi said, should strengthen coordination within the framework of multilateral mechanisms including the G20, the BRICS, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and the China-Russia-India cooperation, and need to explore the gradual expansion of the "China-India Plus" cooperation to South Asia, Southeast Asia and Africa, create a more unobstructed regional connectivity network, and strike the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement as early as possible.

Hence, China is expected to relax visa restrictions for Indian tourists and professionals for a greater people-to-people connect, sources said.

The Prime Minister also briefed Xi on the handlooms of Tamil Nadu.

India insists that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. Previously, Modi posted a few tweets in Chinese after arriving in Chennai, saying he hoped the meeting with Xi would lead to stronger bilateral ties.

India and China share a almost 4,000 km border, most of which is disputed.

Xi landed at the Chennai airport, where Tamil Nadu state Governor Banwarilal Purohit greeted him with a bouquet as a cultural group beat drums and blew horns.

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

In the Shore Temple on the coast of the Indian Ocean, Xi and Modi talked about the domestic development of China and India and exchanged experience in state governance. He invited Modi for meetings in China again.

Receiving Xi at the entrance, Modi also extended warm welcome to the Chinese president. China said India should not act unilaterally on Kashmir.

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 handsome future for India-China relations. 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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