Modi, Chinese Prez Xi Jinping feel there have been ‘improvements’ in border management

Modi, Chinese Prez Xi Jinping feel there have been ‘improvements’ in border management

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Buenes Aires, Nov 30 : There has been "perceptible improvement" in bilateral relationship between India and China in recent times especially since the Wuhan Informal Summit in April this year, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said here on Friday.

"There has been perceptible improvement in bilateral relations. Both the leaders (Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping) held a very detailed discussion," Mr Gokhale told reporters here after the two leaders led bilateral level parleys on the sidelines of the G20 Summit.

Both the leaders also felt that "there have been positive improvements in border management", he said.

Prime Minister Modi invited the Chinese leader for next year's informal Summit in India.

"Both of them reviewed the progress since Wuhan and both the leaders said there was progress made especially on economic side. Chinese President referred to enhanced import of rice and sugar from India," Mr Gokhale said. President Xi also hoped that India would increase import of agricultural products from China.

He also gave indication that on pharmaceutical sector there will be greater trade between India and China.

On the political side, both sides welcomed the visit of the Chinese Defence Minister to India, he said.

In his remarks, Mr Modi told the Chinese President that the year 2018 was a 'good year' in India-China ties and asserted that both sides will further boost the ties next year.

Prime Minister Modi referred to his maiden informal Summit at Wuhan in China in April this year and described it as a 'milestone' in improving the relations between two countries.

He invited Chinese President for the next round of informal Summit in India next year.

Prime Minister Modi and President Xi have met twice after their inaugural informal summit in Wuhan in April this year.

Two previous meetings took place at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in June in China’s Qingdao, and the BRICS Summit in South Africa’s Johannesburg in July.

At the meeting between two Special Representatives on boundary issue, NSA Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at Dujiangyan City, Chengdu in China on November 24 also underlined for enhanced cooperation between two sides.

These developments mark significant improvement in bilateral ties as in 2017, both the countries were faced with the Doklam standoff. (UNI)