Xi Jinping avoids Kashmir reference, but mentions Imran Khan’s visit

Xi Jinping avoids Kashmir reference, but mentions Imran Khan’s visit

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Mamallapuram (Tamil Nadu), Oct 12 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping during their two-day Informal Summit agreed to work together against 'radicalisation' but skirted any discussion on Kashmir.

Answering questions at a press conference, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said, the Chinese President, however, briefed PM Modi on the visit of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to his country lately. But specifically on the issue of Kashmir, he said: "I would like to state categorically that this issue (Kashmir) was not raised and not discussed. And therefore, there is no question of my making any further comments on the matter".

"As far as radicalisation and terrorism issues are concerned", he explained that the objective of the informal summit was to have "overarching discussions". "Both the leadership, therefore, focused on what sorts of threats are there....in complex societies like ours and how we should work together to combat these," he said.

Mr Gokhale said there was "no specific discussion of any kind" but on the whole the threat from terror menace at the global level was discussed. "While detailed discussions were not possible....the main point agreed by two sides - is that for a country like China and country like India, increased radicalisation is something which is of interest of neither sides".

On Imran Khan's visit to China, Mr Gokhale said: "As PM Imran Khan had visited China, the President of China told PM Modi about it". He also said both the leaders also agreed that both Special Representatives (NSA Ajit Doval from Indian side) will continue to meet and try to resolve the boundary disputes.

Asked to comment on what was Mr Modi's reactions on reference to Imran Khan's visit to China, Mr Gokhale said: "Chin ke Rashtrapati ne bataya....aur Pradhan mantri ne sun liya (While Chinese President briefed Mr Modi about Imran Khan's visit, on his part Mr Modi listened to the matter)".

The Foreign Secretary, however, said in any case with regard to Kashmir, the "Govt of India's position is very clear - this is a matter that concerns only internal matters of the country".

Answering questions on trade related matters, Foreign Secretary said while things were not discussed in detail.

"The leadership does not go into details, it only sets the direction. And in this case it has not only set a direction - it has also decided to establish a mechanism at the high level," he said.

The high-level panel will have Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will be part of it alongside Vice Premier of China.

The mechanism will try to bring about the balance in trade matters.
"So, I think it is a very positive development," he remarked.
"There was a good discussion on trade....," Foreign Secretary said adding on this President Xi Jinping has assured that "China is ready to take sincere actions". (UNI)