The two leaders, who arrived almost at the same time here last evening for attending the BRICS summit, engaged shortly thereafter for what was described as "good discussions and good meeting".

President Xi in particular referred to Modi's experience in Gujarat as Chief Minister and his focus on development. The discussions centred around all aspects of the bilateral relations, regional and international matters, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.

It was a substantive and a very cordial and warm meeting in which the two leaders struck a personal rapport which augurs well for the future, the spokesman said.

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He said the Prime Minister emphasised that there should be no incidents on the border that would undermine the bilateral relations. There is a need for finding a solution and maintenance of peace and tranquility on the border is essential for resolving the issue, Modi is reported to have said.


 

On his part, Modi also emphasised on the economic relations between the two countries and talked about cooperation in the infrastructure sector, industrial parks and investment.

Xi urged the two countries to launch a batch of exemplary projects in industrial investment and infrastructure building like railway construction, and expand cooperation in such fields as service trade, investment and tourism, so as to gradually realize a generally-balanced and sustainable bilateral trade.

The two countries, said Xi, should work together to advance the construction of the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor, so as to take the lead in regional economic integration.

Xi gave an assurance that China will consider the request for the additional Mansarovar yatra. Both the leaders, in view of the common civilisational heritage, touched on the historic and civilisational links between the two countries, especially the Buddhist links.

The surprise invitation for the APEC summit as part of partnership and engagement came in the context of the two leaders discussing the need for the two countries to work together in international fora like BRICS and other ones.

 

JPN

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