India strikes river, rice deals with China as relations thaw

India strikes river, rice deals with China as relations thaw

The meeting took place ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit and covered key aspects of the bilateral engagement, reflecting the resolve by the two countries to reset relations and bring back trust in their ties, hit by the Doklam standoff and several other thorny issues.

Zhou also said he believed India and China had shared concerns on combating terrorism, as well as on promoting free trade and multilateralism, especially as China's relations with Donald Trump's administration faces growing tensions. In the meeting, the two leaders will take stock of the implementation of decisions taken at the informal summit just over a month ago in Wuhan.

Its member states also include four ex-Soviet Central Asian republics, Pakistan and India. Before leaving for China, the prime minister said he was "excited to lead the Indian delegation for our first-ever meeting as a full member".

"The first and foremost important consensus reached at Wuhan was that India and China are partners in progress and in economic development", Indian envoy Gautam Bambawale said in an interview to Chinese state media on Friday, the Hindustan Times reported.

The summit in this Chinese port city is taking place under the shadow of Washington's pull out from the Iran nuclear deal, its sanction regime against Russian Federation and frictions with China over the trade tariff dispute and diplomats said all these issues may figure at the summit as well as during deliberations on its sidelines. The Special Representatives on the border issue will also meet this year.

File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese president Xi Jinping.

Trudeau: G7 summit successful but global trade differences remain
He also said he would know in "the first minute" whether North Korea was serious based on his "touch" and his "feel". The U.S. president delivered a rambling statement before taking questions from journalists.

The security bloc will also likely mull over whether to allow Iran to ascend from its position as an SCO observer to become a full member state - a development it has sought since 2008 but has been unable to achieve while subject to United Nations sanctions.

Hours after his arrival in this port city, Modi is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with Xi tomorrow during which the two leaders are expected to explore ways to deepen ties in areas of trade and investment besides reviewing the overall bilateral cooperation.

The summit will focus on enhancing cooperation to address the challenges of terrorism, drug trafficking, cross-border crimes, information security threats, Liao Jinrong, head of the worldwide cooperation department with the Ministry of Public Security, said at a media briefing ahead of the summit, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The officials said India is also likely to focus on importance of regional connectivity projects to boost trade among members of the SCO countries.

"Met this year's SCO host, President Xi Jinping this evening".

The SCO Summit in Qingdao will formalise the entry of India and Pakistan as its newest members, joining China, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Related Articles