The two Asian giants, India and China have indicated that the Doklam military stand-off was an issue of the past, and they were keen to move on.
The Chinese news agency, Xinhua, quoted President Xi Jinping having toldNarendraModi during their bilateral meeting that the two ‘should see each other as development opportunities, not threats.’ Xi said that ‘peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation was the only correct choice for China and India.’
Their much anticipated bilateral meeting, their first after the 73-day Doklam stand-off, lasted just over an hour on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in Xiamen city.
Xinhua said the Chinese President added: ‘China, India should jointly safeguard peace, tranquility in the border areas. And he also called for an alignment of strategies to expand economic cooperation.’
The Prime Minister,Modi, pitched for an organized and coordinated action on counter-terrorism, as he suggested 10 commitments through which BRICS leadership for global transformation can be achieved.
Speaking at the ‘BRICS Emerging Markets and Developing Countries Dialogue’, on sidelines of the Summit,Modi assured them of India's partnership with fellow developing countries, while pursuing its own aspirations for growth.
‘Whatever we do, will impact the world substantially. So, it is our solemn duty to make a better world -- brick by brick, or through BRICS...,’ Modi said.
‘‘I had spoken about the BRICS driving the global transformation in the next ten years for it to be a Golden Decade. I suggest that this can be brought about with our proactive approach, policies and action.’
Apart from Modi, leaders of Brazil, Russia, China, South Africa and the five guest countries - Egypt, Tajikistan, Thailand, Mexico and Kenya- attended the dialogue.
Describing them as ‘close and valued’ partners, the Prime Minister said he was pleased to exchange perspectives with them on the shared priority of achieving comprehensive sustainable development and thanked the Chinese President for bringing them together.
BRICS, which represents almost half of the humanity, can achieve global transformation with a proactive approach, policies and action based on ten ‘Noble Commitments’, he said.These include creating a safer world by organized and coordinated action on at least three issues - counter terrorism, cyber security and disaster management.
They also included creating a greener world by taking concerted action on countering climate change through initiatives such as the International Solar Alliance.Other commitments were - creating an enabled world, an inclusive world, a digital world, a skilled world, a healthier world, an equitable world, a connected world and a harmonious world.
About India's national review of sustainable development goals as per the UN's '2030 Agenda',Modi said the bedrock of the country's development agenda lies in the notion of 'SabkaSaath, SabkaVikaas' (with all, for everybody's development).Modi said, ‘India has a long tradition of partnerships with fellow developing countries, while pursuing our own aspirations for growth. At every step, we have shared our experience and resources across a range of sectors: from strengthening democratic institutions to deploying high-tech solutions for public good.’
He also noted that India had launched the South Asia Satellite for the benefit of regional partners in meeting their developmental goals in education, healthcare, communication and disaster management.
For half a century, India's flagship initiative - Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) - has offered training and skill development to 161 partner countries from Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Caribbean and Pacific Island states.
‘And, in all of this, our 'no strings attached' model of cooperation is driven purely by the requirements and priorities of our partner countries,’Modi added.
He later tweeted that his talks with Xi were ‘fruitful’. When asked whether Doklam was discussed, the Foreign Secretary, S Jaishankar said: ‘It was a forward-looking conversation...and not a backward-looking one.’
The two leaders stressed the need for the two neighbors to increase and strengthen mutual trust. Mr.Jaishankar said the two leaders felt that ‘the security and defence personnel must maintain strong contacts and cooperation and ensure that the situation which happened recently does not recur.’ He said there was a reaffirmation of the Astana spirit that the two sides will not allow differences to become disputes.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mr.GengShuang, said that during their meeting, ‘President Xi stressed that China and India are each other’s opportunities, not threats. We hope India can view China's development in a correct and rational way.’
‘China would like to work with India to uphold the five principles of peaceful coexistence (Panchsheel), advance political mutual trust, mutually beneficial cooperation and move forward the development of bilateral relations along the right track,’ Mr.Geng quoted Mr. Xi as saying. ‘Together we can move the international order in a more equitable and reasonable way.’