India strikes river, rice deals with China as relations thaw

Pakistan       by Nozair Hanif Mirza | Published

Pakistan by Nozair Hanif Mirza | Published

Members of the Indian community with Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his arrival at the Chinese port city of Qingdao on June 9, 2018. 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.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said he had detailed discussions with Chinese President Xi Jinping on bilateral and global issues which will add further vigour to the India-China friendship after their informal summit in Wuhan.

The meeting took place on the sidelines 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 which was hit by the Doklam standoff and several other thorny issues.

The India-China bilateral trade reached $84.44 billion a year ago, according to data of the Chinese General Administration of Customs in March.

However, there is no official word on whether there will be any interaction between Modi and Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain, who is scheduled to attend the meeting in China.

Trade, investment and development cooperation issues will also feature prominently at the SCO, Murphy said, given the climate of "rising anti-globalisation and strains on global multilateral economic institutions", stoked by Trump's nationalist "America First" policy.

PM Modi is expected to hold about six bilateral meetings with leaders of other SCO countries.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Qingdao, China, on Saturday. During his speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on June 1, Modi had talked about working closely with China and said an "Asia of cooperation" could shape this century.

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He also felicitated his Chinese counterpart on the successful conduct of SCO Summit in China.

Modi and Xi were also expected to discuss economic relations between the two countries, NDTV reported. India had said past year that China did not stick to an agreement to share hydrological data, or scientific information on the movement and quality of water, for the Brahmaputra.

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.

Mr. Luo said it was the 14th meeting between our two leaders over past four years.

Though not officially on the agenda, analysts say that one key topic of discussion this year may focus on whether Iran will be allowed 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.

Modi arrived here in the afternoon on a two-day visit to attend the annual SCO summit.

The two sides also signed a protocol between the Chinese administration of Customs and Department of Agriculture on phytosanitry requirements that would enable all varieties of rice exports from India to China.

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