China’s President Xi Jinping shakes hand with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi throughout their go to to Arjuna’s Penance in Mamallapuram on the outskirts of Chennai, India, October 11, 2019. India’s Press Info Bureau/Handout by way of REUTERS
MAMALLAPURAM, India, (Reuters) – Chinese language President Xi Jinping mentioned on Saturday he had a free and frank dialogue with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and would pursue proposals the 2 leaders mentioned to enhance bilateral ties.
Xi and Modi held a number of hours of one-on-one talks in a southern seaside Indian city of their second annual summit designed to interrupt by way of a long time of mistrust between their nations over border disputes, a ballooning commerce deficit and China’s shut navy ties with India’s arch rival, Pakistan.
“Yesterday and immediately we now have engaged in candid discussions and as pals,” Xi mentioned in opening remarks as the 2 leaders sat down for formal talks with their delegations.
“I look ahead to additional discussions, I’ll observe up on proposals mentioned yesterday,” he mentioned, with out elaborating.
Ties had been ruffled when India revoked the particular standing of the Himalayan territory of Kashmir in August, angering each Pakistan, which claims the area, and its all-weather ally China.
Modi famous in his opening remarks that he and Xi had agreed to handle their variations prudently and never allow them to snowball into disputes.
Reporting by Sanjeev Miglani; Modifying by Paul Tait