PM Modi heads back home after China visit

The city of Wuhan seen from the Yellow Crane Tower

Briefing the media on the Wuhan summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said "India and China have agreed on specific guidance to implement confidence building and better understanding".

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will provide "strategic guidance" to their armies to prevent another Doklam-like military stand-off along their long-winding disputed border.

Both China and India said they seek a fair settlement to their border disputes, and to this end, the Special Representatives appointed by the two nations will play a key role.

Gokhale said the two leaders reviewed developments in India-China relations from the strategic and long-term perspective and made a decision to implement various confidence-building measures which had already been agreed upon by the two sides.

The two leaders agreed that India and China are major powers, with strategic and decisional autonomy and they will pursue peaceful, stable and balanced relations and such a relationship will be a positive factor for stability amidst the current global uncertainties, he said, amidst increasing protectionist moves by countries like the US.

In what can be considered a big jolt for Pakistan, India and China are likely to go in for a joint economic project with Afghanistan.

China is India's largest trading partner with two-way trade of $87 billion, way behind the $100 billion by 2015 target they set in 2010.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two-day China visit has "accomplished" the objective of creating greater bonhomie between the two Asian giants, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said as he asserted that there was no "frostiness" in Indo-China ties.

Leaders of Koreas finish first session of summit
There is a picture of a symbolic mountain in North Korea which has been put up on the wall, all contributing to the mood music. The two previous summits between leaders of the Koreas, in 2000 and 2007, were in Pyongyang, the North's capital.

Wuhan: China on Saturday said that there is no fundamental difference with India on the issue of "inter-connectivity" and Beijing will "not be too hard" with New Delhi on the issue of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Modi had arrived in China on Thursday for the unprecedented informal summit with Xi.

The statement also outlined plans by the two leaders to "push forward bilateral trade and investment", though it included no specifics on how this might be achieved.

"In that context, the Prime Minister also mentioned the importance of balancing trade and also spoke of the possibility of agricultural export and pharmaceutical exports to China".

During the visit both the leaders held delegation-level talks and underscored the need for strengthening bilateral relations between India and China.

"China would like to make joint efforts with India to build a closer development partnership and promote cooperation in all areas", said Xi. "They committed themselves to cooperate on counter-terrorism".

Both agreed that meetings on the lines of the Wuhan summit will determine the future direction of India-China relations.

Last year, at the annual security summit of the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation in Astana, Kazakhstan, the Chinese president told Modi how much he enjoyed Aamir Khan's Dangal which did phenomal business in the Middle Kingdom.

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