The Prime Minister,Mr. Narendra Modi, on Wednesday met the Chinese President, Mr. Xi Jinping, on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Brazil, and agreed on the significance of maintaining close contact on matters relating to trade and investment.
Their meeting came around a month after they held an informal summit in Tamil Nadu’s Mahabalipuram. 'Fruitful meeting between PM Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping on the sidelines on the BRICS Summit in Brazil. Trade and investment were among the key issues both leaders talked about,' the Prime Minister's Office tweeted.
Meanwhile, Mr. Modi tweeted: 'Held talks with President Xi Jinping. Several subjects pertaining to deepening bilateral cooperation were discussed.Today's discussions will add new vigour to India-China relations.'
According to the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson, Mr. Raveesh Kumar, Mr. Modi and Mr. Xi held forward-looking talks on 'various aspects of the multifaceted India-China relationship'.
The two leaders agreed that the new high-level mechanism on trade and economy should meet at an early date, said an official statement.
'I am glad to meet you once again. When I look back, we had met for the first time in Brazil itself... and our journey began. This journey of unknown people has today turned into a close friendship. Since then, we have met at many forums, bilateral meetings; you visited my home state, took me to your village, came to receive me outside Beijing in Wuhan.... It is such a significant thing that within the five years, there have been so much trust and friendly relations,' Mr. Modi told Mr. Xi.
'As you said and I believe that our meeting in Chennai gave our journey a new direction and new energy. Without any agenda, we talked about each other's issues, global situations... these have been very successful,' he added.
Mr. Xi, meanwhile, thanked Mr. Modi for India's noted participation in the just-concluded China Import-Export Expo in Shanghai. He also conveyed his deep appreciation to Mr. Modi for hosting him at the second informal summit in Tamil Nadu, and added that he would not forget the welcome given to him and the people of India.
The Chinese President further extended an invitation to Mr. Modi for the third informal summit in China in 2020. The date and venue will be determined through diplomatic channels. The two leaders also reviewed preparations for celebrating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between India and China in 2020.
Both also noted that the special representatives will meet once again to discuss issues related to the boundary question. They exchanged views on multilateral issues including BRICS, RCEP and WTO.