At Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit, India-Uzbekistan Discuss Bilateral Ties

At Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit, India-Uzbekistan Discuss Bilateral Ties

At Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit, India-Uzbekistan Discuss Bilateral Ties

Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also attend the meeting.

In tomorrow's meeting, Modi and Xi are likely to take stock of progress in implementation of decisions they had taken at the informal summit.

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The India-China bilateral trade reached $84.44 billion past year, according to data of the Chinese General Administration of Customs in March.

Recalling that he and Prime Minister Modi successfully had an informal meeting and reached important consensus in Wuhan, President Xi said the meeting had been well received by both countries and the global community, and a positive atmosphere is taking shape to pay close attention to and support the development of China-India relations.

During their meeting, which came almost six weeks since the Wuhan summit, the two leaders discussed a blueprint for deepening bilateral relationship and reviewed the implementation of decisions they had taken in the central Chinese city. "Our talks will add further vigour to the India-China friendship", Modi tweeted after the meeting.

An MoU on sharing hydrological information of the Brahmaputra river by China to India and another pact on amendment of the protocol on phytosanitary requirements for exporting rice from India to China to include non-Basmati rice were signed after the Modi-Xi talks. Chinese President Xi Jinping has been seeking a bilateral meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, hoping to capitalize on Iranian estrangement from the G7 nations after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal.

Hours after his arrival in this port city, Modi is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with Xi tomorrow during which the two leaders are expected to explore ways to deepen ties in areas of trade and investment besides reviewing the overall bilateral cooperation.

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China's appreciation of what Modi said was conveyed by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during a meeting held on the sidelines of the BRICS Foreign Ministers Meeting in South Africa this week.

Mr. Luo said it was the 14th meeting between our two leaders over past four years.

Modi arrived here in the afternoon on a two-day visit to attend the annual SCO summit.

Promoting people-to-people ties "During the Wuhan summit, the two countries had also decided that people to people contact and people to people exchanges were a significant part of the relationship going forward that we needed to build better synergies through various means including films, culture, yoga, traditional Indian medicine, art, museum, and so on", Gokhale said.

This 18th edition of SCO will be India's first participation in the summit as a full-time member of the organisation.

New Delhi has also been concerned about the rising trade deficit with China, and has sought greater access to the world's second-largest economy for products such as rice, rapeseed, soybeans and sugar.

India became a full member of the the China-dominated grouping a year ago and New Delhi's entry into it is expected to increase the bloc's heft in regional geo-politics and trade negotiations besides giving it a pan-Asian hue.

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