Chennai, Oct 12: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Xi Jinping that both the countries will manage differences prudently and won’t allow them to turn into disputes, Chinese President said both the countries should seek a reasonable solution to the border issue that is acceptable to both sides.
As Modi invited Xi but Jinping used this opportunity to warn India and also suggested ways to Modi on improving ties between the countries and enhance cooperation .
“In accordance with the agreement on political guiding principles, we will seek a fair and reasonable solution to the border issue that is acceptable to both sides. Careful handling of issues involving each other’s core interests. We should properly control problems that cannot be solved for a while,” Xi said in a statement after returning from a two-day visit to India, where he held a range of discussions from trade to security with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian PM Narendra Modi held informal talks at the Mahabalipuram informal summit in Tamil Nadu.
Xi’s first suggestion was that “we should take a correct view of each other’s development and enhance strategic mutual trust. No matter from any point of view, China and India should be good neighbours and good partners who live in harmony and move forward hand in hand”. To achieve “Dragon and Elephant Dance” is the only correct choice for China and India, which is in the fundamental interests of both countries and their people.
According to a Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement, the two leaders “exchanged views openly and deeply on China-India relations and major international and regional issues of common concern in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere”.
“We should correctly look at the differences between the two countries and not let them dilute the overall situation of cooperation between the two countries. At the same time, we should gradually seek understanding through communication and constantly resolve differences. China hopes to develop itself well and India well. China and India should make mutual achievements and “illuminate” each other,” the statement said.
His second suggestion was, “we should carry out strategic communication in a timely and effective manner, enhance mutual understanding and cooperation, and firmly grasp the general direction of the development of bilateral relations. Focus on friendship and cooperation, resolve suspicions and doubts, and properly handle differences and sensitive issues.
“In accordance with the agreement on political guiding principles, we will seek a fair and reasonable solution to the border issue that is acceptable to both sides. Careful handling of issues involving each other’s core interests. We should properly control problems that cannot be solved for a while.”
His third suggestion was to “improve the level of military security exchanges and cooperation”. Promote the development of bilateral military relations, focus on doubt-clearing and friendly cooperation, carry out professional cooperation, joint exercises and other activities, continuously enhance mutual trust between the two armies, strengthen cooperation between law enforcement and security departments, and maintain regional security and stability.
Fourthly, deepen pragmatic cooperation and tighten interest ties. “We should take the establishment of a high-level economic and trade dialogue mechanism as an opportunity to strengthen the strategic docking of economic development between the two countries and explore the establishment of a manufacturing partnership. Indian pharmaceutical enterprises and information technology enterprises are welcome to invest and cooperate in China.”
Fifth, enrich cultural exchanges and lay a solid foundation for friendship. Next year, “we will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and celebrate the Year of Sino-Indian Cultural Exchange”.
We will support the establishment of friendly provincial city relations between Fujian Province and Tamil Nadu, Quanzhou and Chennai City, and write a new chapter of the Maritime Silk Road.
Sixth, strengthen cooperation in international and regional affairs. It is a clear banner to safeguard the international system with the United Nations as its core and the international order based on international law, to firmly safeguard multilateralism and the multilateral trading system with the World Trade Organization as its core, and to safeguard the legitimate development rights and interests of developing countries.
Modi during delegation level talks
“We had decided that we will manage our differences prudently and won’t allow them to turn into disputes. We will remain sensitive about our concerns and our relationship will contribute towards peace and stability in the world,” said PM Modi.
“Today’s Chennai meet is the start of a new era in India-China relations,” PM Modi said.
“We are really overwhelmed by your hospitality. Me and my colleagues have felt that very strongly. This will be a memorable experience for me and us,” said President Xi.
Since Friday, President Xi and PM Modi had spent more than five hours in one-on-one conversations. In his opening remarks for the delegation-level meet, President Xi said the informal summit initiative was a “wise decision” and that he was looking forward to “further discussions in an in-depth manner with you (PM Modi) and make further plans for bilateral relations”.
The idea of unstructured, free-wheeling discussions was floated after PM Modi and President Xi met in Kazakh capital Astana in June 2017 for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit