China And India's Leaders Meet To Talk Trade, Border Issues

India and China have instructed their armies to tone down the rhetoric along the disputed border to avoid another Doklam type incident, in which the two sides faced off for over two months past year.

Gokhale said the two leaders reviewed developments in India-China relations from the strategic and long-term perspective and chose to implement various confidence-building measures which had already been agreed upon by the two sides.

They agreed to strengthen greater strategic communications between the two sides, he said.

Meanwhile, sources said India and China have chose to work on a joint economic project in Afghanistan, a move that could upset Beijing's "all-weather ally" and New Delhi's arch-rival Pakistan, which borders Afghanistan. One of them was a walk by the iconic East Lake, a popular holiday spot in Wuhan, which was followed by a boat ride. Xi though more than made up for it with his hospitality which saw him stating towards the end that as president he had stepped out of Beijing to receive a foreign leader only twice and that on both occasions his guest was Modi.

But its reiteration at the informal summit fell naturally into place in the context of globalisation that President Xi flagged in his reported conversation with Mr Modi.

Talks touched on economic issues, along with people-to-people relations, agriculture, technology, energy and tourism, Modi said in his tweet. But the same thing can not be said about India because it is a democracy and its bureaucracy is not as tightly controlled and efficient as China's.

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"The development of a sound bilateral relationship between two countries which have about 40 percent of the world's population will also be conducive for the development and prosperity of the region", Gokhale said.

"It's a sign that the two leaders, to an extent, did manage to address the distrust which has marked ties in the past few years", said a source.

The Chinese president's remarks came during an informal meeting with Modi on Friday and Saturday in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, the agency said.

His statement assumes significance amid moves by the west, particularly the U.S., to take protectionist measures that have hit countries like China and India. They agreed to cooperate on counter-terrorism. Indian officials maintained throughout the visit though that on the issue of BRI, there can be no change in India's position until the time CPEC, which passes through the disputed Gilgit-Baltistan region, remained a part of it. The two sides agreed to pull back their troops only days before Modi was due to visit China for an emerging markets summit in September. 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.

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