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India, Uzbekistan review bilateral ties

Meeting of the SCO heads of government Meeting of the SCO heads of government
Charlie Simmons | 10 June, 2018, 08:13

Noting that China and India have reaped quite a few early-harvest outcomes in implementing the consensus reached at the Wuhan meeting, Xi said the two sides should make persistent efforts to accelerate the implementation, maintain strategic communication, expand economic and trade cooperation, promote people-to-people exchanges and enhance coordination and cooperation on global and regional affairs. Besides Modi, other leaders attending the summit in this picturesque coastal city of China's Shandong province include President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain.

He also felicitated his Chinese counterpart on successful conduct of the SCO Summit in China and wished it a resounding success.

India had said past year that China did not stick to an agreement to share hydrological data, or scientific information on the movement and quality of water, for the Brahmaputra.

Apart from this, the two sides formally agreed to undertake a joint project in Afghanistan, pertaining to "capacity building".

Trade, investment and development cooperation issues will also feature prominently at the SCO, Murphy said, given the climate of "rising anti-globalization and strains on global multilateral economic institutions", stoked by Trump's nationalist "America First" policy.

The two leaders also discussed China importing "high quality pharmaceutical products" from India.

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said on Saturday that President Jinping has also accepted PM Modi's invite to India for an informal summit next year, in a move to strengthen the bilateral ties.

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On the border dispute, Gokhale said Modi and Xi agreed that under the Special Representatives mechanism, National Security Adviser AK Doval and China's foreign minister Wang Yi will meet later this year.

Gokhale said the meeting had a "very positive forward looking momentum" which was underpinned by spirit of the Wuhan summit.

Xi called the Wuhan summit "a new starting point of bilateral relations" and Modi concurred, saying it was a "milestone".

As India and Pakistan both have rich experience in maintaining security and combating crime, their entry will enhance the development potential and expand the room for cooperation between SCO members in terms of security, Liao said.

In this context, Xi also referred to growing popularity of Indian films in China and particularly mentioned about films Dangal and Bahubali. Xi said China will encourage Indian companies to register in China for exports.

The event was opened by Chinese President Xi Jinping in the city of Qingdao. The first meeting of the new mechanism would be held this year, Gokhale said.

These moves are seen as attempts by India and China to bring ties back on an even keel after the 73-day-long tense military standoff between India and China past year over their unsettled boundary dispute.

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