The summit talks between Modi and Xi on the second day of latter's visit began in Hyderabad House against the backdrop of Chinese and Indian troops being involved in a face-off along their border in the Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir.

 

"The summit meetings are occasion for leaders to raise all substantive issues having bearing on bilateral ties, the Prime Minister took the opportunity to raise the issue last night with the visiting dignitary," MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said today responding to a query on the Chinese incursions.

 

The issue will be further raised by the Indian side on Thursday when the two leaders meet for a summit meeting, he said.

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Modi, who hosted a private dinner for Xi in Ahmedabad after his arrival there on a three-day visit Wednesday, conveyed India's concern over the Chinese incursions, sources said.

 

In a brief interaction with reporters at the Rashtrapati Bhavan after being given a ceremonial guard of honour, Xi expressed the hope that China and India will take their strategic and cooperative partnership to a higher plane.

He said he had come to India with three goals which were aimed at strengthening the bilateral ties and building strong complementarity in the two economies.

 

 

Xi said the two countries can work with each other on common development to benefit people of the two countries.

 

"Through this visit, I hope to work with Indian leadership to build strong relations between China and India and to partner with each other to take our strategic and cooperative partnerhip for peace and prosperity to a higher level.

 

"We plan to partner with each other to take our strategic and cooperative partnership of peace and prosperity to a higher plane," Xi said.

 

Before his summit talks, Xi also visited Raj Ghat, the samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi to pay homage to the Father of Nation. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also called on Xi.

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The Chinese leader said the first purpose of his visit is to carry forward the friendship between the two countries. "China and India are both ancient civilisations with thousands of years of friendly interaction with each other. We also admire and respect each others' civilisation.

 

"It is important that we translate the friendly contacts and make sure that we will follow what we promise each other," Xi, who was flanked by President Pranab Mukherjee and Modi, told reporters.

 

Xi said his second goal is to deepen the cooperation. "Both China and India are emerging markets. It is important that we increase cooperation so that the people of China and India are benefited from it".

 

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The two countries, he said, should also focus on core areas. The visiting President said that his third goal is to pursue development together as both the countries had development as their priority.

 

"It is important that we deepen our relationship and develop a close developmental partnership," he said.

 

"We are also two important forces in increasingly multi-polar world. Therefore, our relationship has strategic and global significance," he said. Receiving the Chinese President, Mukherjee introduced him to the Union Cabinet.

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