China, India agree to set up mechanism for trade

Sunday, 13 Oct, 2019

Xi held talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a range of issues, including trade. The two leaders held an extensive talk during the tour on dialogue and mutual learning among civilizations.

Xi and Modi held their second informal meeting in the southern Indian city of Chennai following their first in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in April a year ago.

The focus of the meeting is likely to find ways to improve people-to-people contact, enhance trade and on how to maintain peace and tranquillity along the 3, 500-kilometre long India-China border. The Chinese leader is scheduled to visit Nepal after he departs from India on October 12.

Xi made the following proposals. Modi hosted a private dinner for Xi at the temple complex after their talks.

From any point of view, China and India should be good neighbors who live in harmony and work together as good partners, Xi said, noting that realizing a scenario where the dragon and the elephant dance together is the only correct choice for the two countries and is also in the fundamental interests of both countries and peoples.

Modi further added that the two countries are amicably finding solutions to disputed issues.

Lalit Mansingh, a former Indian ambassador to the United States, said he expected an overview of bilateral relations between the two leaders and "giving instructions on how the relationship should proceed". Jinping said that both China and India will discuss this further, and India's concerns will be addressed.

Without going into details, Xi said in his opening remarks that he had candid and in-depth discussions with Modi on various issues since his arrival Friday.

They also reiterated that both sides will prudently manage their differences without allowing differences on any issue to become disputes. On this, he said, "the two countries should and certainly can embark on a bright road of friendly cooperation".

Fourth, China and India should deepen pragmatic cooperation and tighten ties of interests, Xi said.

China and its ally Pakistan have been angered by India's decision two months ago to revoke the special status for the part of Kashmir it controls, which was accompanied by a crackdown on dissent.

Sixth, China and India should strengthen cooperation in worldwide and regional affairs.

Both leaders agreed that peace and tranquillity had been maintained at the border over the past year since the Wuhan summit, when they had given "strategic guidance" to the two militaries, as per the Indian official.

However, India is facing severe backlash from its domestic constituencies to sign the pact, as it involves China.

Xi and Modi held several hours of one-on-one talks in a southern seaside Indian town in their second annual summit created to break through decades of distrust between their countries over border disputes, a ballooning trade deficit and China's close military ties with India's arch rival, Pakistan.

During his speech on Independence Day this year, Modi had announced a campaign to make the country free of single-use plastic.The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan for a clean India, launched in 2014, has been his pet programme.

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

Accompanied by Modi, Xi watched Bharatanatyam and other Indian classical dances, which represent ancient Indian civilization.