India, China ink 2 MoUs, Xi accepts Modi’s invite for informal summit

India, China ink 2 MoUs, Xi accepts Modi’s invite for informal summit

They also agreed - as decided during their first informal summit at Wuhan in April - to maintain strategic communications through various channels, including telephone calls and frequent meetings on the sidelines of multilateral events.

Meanwhile, on Day 1 of the Summit, PM Modi also held almost half a dozen bilateral meetings with leaders of other SCO countries, including with President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon and Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of Uzbekistan.

China's defence minister as well as the Minister for Public Security will visit India.

China and India on Saturday settled a dispute over the flood-prone Brahmaputra river that flows from Tibet to Bangladesh in a sign of growing cooperation between them.

Appreciating the Belt and Road Initiative and personal attention by President Xi Jinping to CPEC, President Mamnoon Hussain emphasized that as a flagship project, CPEC is a successful model of this initiative. This was the second meeting between Modi and Xi this year and the 14th in the past four years.

"The Qingdao summit is a new departure point for us".

In the wake of Washington's strained ties with Russia, China and Iran, officials said the SCO summit will provide an opportunity for President Xi and his Russian counterpart Putin to reflect on a common vision for the region and present the bloc as a powerful voice to deal with pressing global issues.

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"The Shanghai Spirit's focus on seeking common ground while setting aside differences and pursuing mutually beneficial cooperation has won widespread global endorsement and support", the Chinese president said.

"Our talks will add further vigour to the India-China friendship", Modi said on Twitter, as the two countries try to reset troubled ties months after a border standoff.

"There were some discussion on trade and investment related issues". "In that context a new people-to-people mechanism will be set up, headed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on the Indian side and by State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi".

Sharing some aspects of the almost 50-minute meeting, the foreign secretary said Xi described the Wuhan summit as a "new starting point" in bilateral relations between the two countries while Prime Minister called it as a "milestone" in ties which will help in developing mutual understanding and trust. The SCO was founded at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

The SCO leaders are also expected to review the situation in the Korean peninsula, Afghanistan and Syria.

This 18th edition of SCO will be India's first participation in the summit as a full-time member of the organisation. China is gambling its diplomatic credibility on the chance it can facilitate better relations between India and Pakistan at the SCO summit.

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