Chinese President Xi Jinping today called for putting ties with India on the "right track" as he met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for their first bilateral talks since the protracted 73-day standoff at Doklam. During their one hour meeting on the sidelines of BRICS summit, President Xi said the two countries should pursue "healthy, stable bilateral ties.
"The discussions were very constructive," Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar told reporters, describing the meeting as "forward-looking" and constructive. President Xi said India and China are each other's major neighbours. "We are also two of the world's largest and emerging countries," he said.
Xi told PM Modi that China is prepared to work with India to seek guidance from the five principles of the Panchsheel Treaty signed between 1954. Jaishankar said "There was a forward-looking and constructive approach taken by both sides during the Modi-Xi meeting. The two leaders reaffirmed that it is in the interest of both India and China to have good relations," Jaishankar said on the overall outcome of the meeting. While there are differences, they should not become disputes. "The two leaders also reaffirmed the understanding reached at Astana between Modi and Xi to not allow differences to become disputes," Jaishankar added.
"Peace and tranquility at the border areas is a prerequisite for fruitful relations between India and China," Jaishankar said on the border issue between the countries. Urging better communication between the military personnel of India and China, Jaishankar said, "The two leaders felt that there should be closer communication between the defense and security personnel of India and China." On counter-terrorism issue, which dominated the BRICS summit on Monday, Jaishankar said that they were not separately discussed during the bilateral meeting.