China: Modi-Xi will hold talks to resolve bilateral issues

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo - PTI

File photo of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Photo – PTI

During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China, India and China will try to build mutual trust and reach important consensus to resolve outstanding issues, revealed a top Chinese official.

Even though PM Modi will be meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping, the two leaders will not sign any agreements or issue a joint statement. PM Modi will travel to China on April 27 for an informal summit with President Xi in the central China’s Wuhan city.

“Both sides have agreed not to sign an agreement or release any joint document but reach important consensus to resolve outstanding issues,” Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou told the media here on the two-day summit.

This informal summit is the first of its kind and there is no precedent in each other’s country, he said, explaining why both the leaders opted to hold the summit.

“At the informal summit, the two leaders will have heart-to-heart discussions on overarching issues and try to build mutual trust and consensus to resolve outstanding differences,” Kong said.

When asked whether the Dokalam issue and the boundary dispute will figure in the talks, Kong said Dokalam happened because of lack of trust.

“The two countries need to create conditions and trust between them to resolve the boundary issue,” he added.

“Both leaders have attached great importance to India-China relationship and have devoted a lot of energy to grow this relationship….Over the past few years they met 10 times, visited each other’s capitals and home towns. They also met at multilateral occasions,” the official explained.

According to China, both countries will have an in-depth exchange of views on the issues of overarching long-term and strategic importance in the bilateral relations.

Both countries are likely to set objectives for the further growth of bilateral ties and open up new prospects in China-India cooperation.

Over the past few days and months competent authorities of both the countries have carried out intense engagement with each other about the upcoming informal summit to work together for a sound momentum in the India-China relations.

“Both sides also agreed that after the summit the two sides will implement important consensus reached at the meeting maintain high level exchanges, have institutional engagements deepen cooperation, properly handle differences, step up multilateral cooperation and coordination so as to ensure that the China-India relationship will see better and fast development at a new starting point,” Wong said.

(With inputs from agencies)