Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

After Wuhan, Modi meets Xi Jinping in Qingdao

After Wuhan, Modi meets Xi Jinping in Qingdao

"Further strengthening the positive momentum in the bilateral relationship generated at the Wuhan informal summit, Narendra Modi had a warm and forward-looking meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the SCO summit", tweeted Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.

Gokhale said Xi referred to the growing popularity of Indian films and not only spoke about the success of the movie Dangal in China, but also mentioned that Baahubali 2 and other Hindi movies had done well in the country. Over the past years, SCO member states have jointly made achievements in deterring terrorist attacks and arresting members of global terrorist organisations, he said.

The entry of India and Pakistan into the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation will strengthen security cooperation in the eight-member grouping, a top Chinese official said ahead of the SCO summit starting in Qingdao city tomorrow. The US had pulled out of the deal last month, triggering sharp reactions from across the globe.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has been seeking a bilateral meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, hoping to capitalize on Iranian estrangement from the G7 nations after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal. It will be the first SCO summit since its expansion, when India and Pakistan were included as full members at the Astana summit in Kazakhstan past year.

Modi and Xi are expected to explore ways to deepen ties in areas of trade and investment, besides reviewing the overall India-China bilateral cooperation.

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Describing the almost hour-long meeting as "substantial" and "forward looking", foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale said both leaders made a very positive assessment of developments since they last met in the central city of Wuhan during April 28-29.

In tomorrow's meeting, Modi and Xi are likely to take stock of progress in implementation of decisions they had taken at the informal summit. The leaders are also supposed to focus on the issues of global trade and counterterrorism. India and Pakistan became its members in 2017. India favours projects such as the International North-South Transport Corridor for greater access to the central Asia region. The sanctions have impacted Russia's defence cooperation with a number of countries including India.

On Friday, PM Modi said he was excited to lead the Indian delegation for the SCO's first-ever meeting with the country as a full member.

The SCO was set up by China in 2001 for political, economic and security cooperation amongst Eurasian countries and now includes Russia, India, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

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