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China Holds Shanghai Cooperation Organization Meeting Opposite G7 Summit

China Holds Shanghai Cooperation Organization Meeting Opposite G7 Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being welcomed on his arrival at Qingdao, China on Saturday.

The meeting between the leaders of two Asian powers came after their informal summit in the Chinese city of Wuhan to solidify the relationship in a broad spectrum of areas and ensuring better coordination between the border guarding forces of the two countries after the Doklam standoff.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Qingdao on Saturday on a two-day visit primarily to attend the annual summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) which is likely to deliberate on several pressing global issues including future of Iran nuclear deal, the impact of USA sanctions on Russian Federation and situation in the Indo-Pacific region.

PM Modi met with Uzbekistan President on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Summit.

India said a year ago that China had not stuck to an agreement to share hydrological data, or scientific information on the movement, distribution and quality of water for the Brahmaputra river.

However, there is no official word on whether there will be any interaction between Modi and Pakistan President Hussain, who is scheduled to attend the meeting in China. We had detailed discussions on bilateral and global issues.

The president also plans to hold bilateral meetings with the leaders of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Pakistan, and a tripartite meeting with the presidents of China and Mongolia. "Our talks will add further vigour to the India-China friendship", Modi tweeted after the meeting. "And in that context Xi told Modi that China is looking at enhancing agricultural exports from India including non-Basmati rice and sugar", Gokhale said.

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"One of the important outcomes of today's meeting was that the Chinese side conveyed that they accepted (Modi's) invitation to President Xi Jinping to have a similar informal summit in India in 2019", he said.

China and India on Saturday settled a dispute over the flood-prone Brahmaputra river that flows from Tibet to Bangladesh in a sign of growing cooperation between them.

The two leaders had also discussed ways to give impetus to their economic ties as well as people-to-people relations. India had said previous 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.

Luo said it was the 14th meeting between our two leaders over past four years. Modi also said that an "Asia of rivalry" will hold the region back while an Asia of cooperation will shape the current century.

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. On Indian side, it will be headed by EAM & on Chinese side, it'll be headed by state council & foreign minister Wang Yi. It will be the first SCO summit since its expansion, when India and Pakistan were included as full members at the Astana summit in Kazakhstan past year.

At the end of the two-day summit, the leaders are expected to sign a Qingdao Declaration.


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