Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is presently on a 3-nation tour of Africa, had a very productive meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday, reported sources.
It was further report that Prime Minister Modi during the meeting with President Xi Jinping emphasised the need to maintain the momentum generated by their recent meetings, and forward instructions to their militaries to maintain peace at the border.
Prime Minister Modi, met the Chinese President Xi Jinping for the third time in nearly three months. The Asian leaders meet on the side-lines of the 10th BRICS Summit in Johannesburg.
The two Asian leaders had earlier held a two-day informal summit in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late April, and then they met again on the side-lines of the Sanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Qingado, China in June.
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Recalling his recent meetings with the Chinese President, Prime Minister Modi opined that they have given a new strength to India-China ties, and also provided new opportunities for bilateral cooperation.
Prime Minister Modi said, “It is important to maintain this momentum and for this we should, at our level, regularly review our relationship, and give proper instruction wherever required.”
The Indian Prime Minister also asserted that Thursday’s meeting has provided one more opportunity to them to strengthen their, India and China, closer development partnership.
Later, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said, “The two leaders had a very productive meeting during which they reaffirmed their readiness to give the necessary direction to their militaries to enhance communication between them and to maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas.”
Foreign Secretary Gokhale said the Prime Minister expressed his willingness to send National Security Advisor Ajit Doval to China this year for the special representative level boundary talks.
He added that the Prime Minister saw the meeting as yet another instance where the two sides could review and upgrade their relationship. He further opined that President Xi is very happy, and he has conveyed that he is very eager to accept his invitation to visit India for an informal summit, the second one, next year. It was also reported that both the sides also agreed to follow up on a number of issues.
The Indian Prime Minister addressing the BRICS summit spoke about India’s commitment to development and importance of peace along with enhanced cooperation between the BRICS nations.
Prime Minister Modi said, “From the past 4 years, my government has given priority to development and peace in Africa. We have given lines of credits worth $11 billion to more than 40 countries, and Indian private sector has invested $54 billion in the African countries,”
PM Modi also added that he had outlined a ten principles code for an enhanced India and Africa ties. He stressed that he had made the announcement during the Prime Minister’s recent address at the Parliament of Uganda. The Prime Minister said, “I welcome various efforts for closer economic integration among the African nations.”
Expressing his views on digitisation, the Indian Prime Minister observed, “The Digital Revolution is bringing new opportunities to us,” adding, “It is essential to look at artificial intelligence and big data analytic closely.” The Prime Minister also stressed on the need to have the digital infrastructure ready.
Furthermore, PM Modi, at the side-lines of the BRICS summit, also met the Russian President Vladimir Putin and opined that the friendship between Russia and India was deep rooted.
PM Modi later tweeted, “Wide-ranging and productive talks with President Putin. India’s friendship with Russia is deep-rooted and our countries will continue working together in multiple sectors. @KremlinRussia.”
It was also reported that PM Modi during the meeting with Russian President had elevated both the countries partnership to a ‘special privileged strategic partnership’.
The meeting between PM Modi and President Putin holds special significance, felt political pundits, more so after the US recently announced ‘special relief from sanctions’ for India, the announcement had come after the US President had met President Putin, earlier this month.