Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi emphasizes on respect for each other’s concerns at the meeting with Chineese President.
“PM Modi flew into Hangzhou in China on Saturday for the crucial G20 summit and talks with top world leaders including President Xi “India, China must respect each other’s aspirations, concerns and strategic interests,” he said at the meeting. “The response to terrorism must not be driven by any political consideration,” PM Modi also said, in a reference seen as a dig at China’s opposition to designating Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a terrorist in the United Nations. President Xi said that the two countries should constructively handle their differences. “China is willing to work with India to maintain their hard-won sound relations and further advance their cooperation”, state-run Chinese Xinhua news agency quoted him as saying during their half an hour meeting. The talks were followed by a meeting of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) leaders ahead of the G20 summit which PM Modi chaired. The meeting between PM Modi and President Xi came amid a steady decline in the bilateral relations between India and China over issues including terrorism and the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor which runs through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. PM Modi and President Xi had last met at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in June in Tashkent and are again set to meet in Goa next month on the sidelines of a BRICS summit. PM Modi’s trip to China comes after a two-day maiden visit to Hanoi in Vietnam that witnessed the signing of 12 agreements. PM Modi will also hold bilateral meetings with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. On Monday, he will take part in the second and concluding session of the G20 and hold bilateral meetings with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Argentinian President Mauricio Macri before returning to Delhi. A meeting between PM Modi and US President Barack Obama is, however, not on the cards during this trip, officials said.