Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Saturday, met Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the annual Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Qingdao.
The two leaders held bilateral meeting to further strengthen the positive momentum in the bilateral relationship after their informal summit in Wuhan.
India and China also signed two bilateral agreements in the presence of PM Narendra Modi and President of China Xi Jinping in China’s Qingdao.
Memorandum of understanding was signed between Ministry of Water Resources, The People’s Republic of China and Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Republic of India upon provision of hydrological information of the Brahmaputra river in flood season by China to India.
The Protocol was signed between General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China and the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare of the Republic of India on Phytosanitary requirements for Exporting rice from India to China.
The meeting is taking place weeks after the two leaders held an informal summit in the central Chinese city of Wuhan during which they exchanged views on solidifying the relationship between the two Asian powers.
PM Modi also met Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on the sidelines of the SCO Summit here and the two leaders discussed a range of topics to further strengthen the bilateral ties.
Earlier in a day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Secretary General Rashid Alimov and had meaningful discussions with him on ways through which India’s participation can strengthen the bloc.
Modi is expected to hold nearly half a dozen bilateral meetings with leaders of other SCO countries.
It is for the first time the Indian prime minister will be attending the SCO Summit after India along with Pakistan became a full-fledged members of the grouping, which has been increasingly seen as a counter to NATO.
Discussions in the summit will take place on diverse issues ranging from combating terrorism, separatism and extremism to promoting cooperation in connectivity, commerce, customs, law, health and agriculture, protecting the environment and mitigating disaster risk and fostering people-to-people relations.
The SCO was founded at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
(with agency inputs)