India, China strike deals on Brahmaputra river, rice as relations thaw

India, China strike deals on Brahmaputra river, rice as relations thaw

The two leaders also chose to set up a new mechanism for people-to-people cooperation to build on the momentum in bilateral ties from their unprecedented informal summit in Wuhan almost six weeks back.

The India-China bilateral trade reached $84.44 billion previous year, according to data of the Chinese General Administration of Customs in March. "The first meeting of this mechanism will be held this year", he said.

Prime Minister Modi had detailed discussions with President Xi on bilateral and global issues on the sidelines Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit here.

About Saturday's meeting, he said, "It was a substantive meeting and both leaders began by making a very positive assessment of the Wuhan summit".

Though not officially on the agenda, analysts say that one key topic of discussion this year may focus on whether Iran will be allowed to ascend from its position as an SCO observer to become a full member state - a development it has sought since 2008 but has been unable to achieve while subject to United Nations sanctions. Modi also said that an "Asia of rivalry" will hold the region back while an Asia of cooperation will shape the current century.

Though new and old contentious issues remain, there has been a turnaround in bilateral ties since the military standoff was resolved last August. "Our talks will add further vigour to the India-China friendship", Modi tweeted after the meeting.

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

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping signed the agreement as they began the two-day Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit.

China hosts the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), as G7 leaders meet in Canada.

India signaled in advance of the meeting that it will not compromise its sovereignty by reconsidering its opposition to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, an infrastructure project that would pass through land in Kashmir occupied by Pakistan but claimed by India. It also enables China to provide data if the water level exceeds a mutually agreed level during the non-flood season.

President Xi Jinping today suggested Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the two countries set up a new bilateral trade target of $100 billion by 2020 as Beijing is looking at importing non-Basmati rice as well as sugar to address the trade deficit.

The entry of India and Pakistan could pave the way for greater three-way cooperation between India, China and Pakistan, former Chinese Ambassador to India and Pakistan Zhou Gang, told India Today.

"The Chinese side also said that it will encourage our pharmaceutical companies to register for high quality Indian pharma products in the Chinese market".

President Xi said that China attached importance to its relations with Pakistan which would continue to remain a priority for China.

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