PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping go beyond Doklam, to take relationship forward

India and China agreed on Tuesday to put the Doklam standoff behind them and move forward in their relationship.

Published: 06th September 2017 08:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th September 2017 09:07 AM   |  A+A-

China’s Xi Jinping with PM Narendra Modi in Xiamen on Tuesday. | PTI

By Express News Service

India and China agreed on Tuesday to put the Doklam standoff behind them and move forward in their relationship. “We want to put the relationship on the right track,” Chinese President Xi Jinping told Prime Minister Modi, reported the PTI.

“Met President Xi Jinping. We held fruitful talks on bilateral relations between India and China,” Modi tweeted after the meeting in Xiamen. The leaders have agreed that the two nations should make efforts to ensure such incidents do not re­c­ur, sources said. “This includes str­eng­th­ening of cooperation between security personnel.”

“It was a forward-looking conversation,” said Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar when asked if Do­k­l­a­m was discu­s­sed. “It was reaffir­m­ed that maintaining peace and tranq­uillity in the border areas is a prerequisite for the development of relations,” he said.

Former Indian ambassador to China Ashok Kantha said Ch­ina, being the host of the BRICS summit, wanted to produce positive results. “Other BRICS members, too, wanted str­­ong language to be used on terror,” said Kantha, who is the director of the Institute of Chinese Studies. “As for the meeting between Modi and Xi, message coming from both sides is that there is a clear attempt to put Doklam behind.”
“What happened in Doklam was emblematic of a larger probl­em, in terms of how China is dealing with contentious  issues and its own engagement with India. These things cannot be brushed aside and needs to be structurally addressed by both sides. As far as Pakistan is concerned, I don’t really see any dilution of the strategic linkages between Beijing and Islamabad. This is a matter of serious concern for us, because it impacts our national interests,” he added.

Meanwhile, a day after its “all-we­ather ally” joined India and th­r­ee other nations in na­ming and bl­aming Pakis­tan-based terror ou­tfits, Islamab­a­d rejected the declaration sa­ying there was no “safe haven” for terrorists on its soil. “Pakistan has taken action against all groups on its soil and only the re­m­n­a­n­ts of some are left,” said i­ts De­­­­fence Minister Khurram Dastgir.

Modi arrives in Myanmar on first bilateral visit

Myanmar President Htin Kyaw on Tuesday welcomed Modi, soon after he arrived in the country on his first bilateral visit. The PM’s visit to Myanmar comes amid a spike in ethnic violence against Rohingya Muslims.

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