Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi in their summit talks agreed to set up a high-level mechanism to discuss trade and investment. The announcement was made by foreign secretary Vijay K Gokhale on Saturday at the end of two-day informal summit that saw the two leaders having several rounds of discussions in Tamil Nadu’s Mamallapuram.
“The mechanism will be led by the Indian finance minister and Chinese vice president… the discussion will be on how to balance trade, how trade deficit will be addressed,” Gokhale added.
The foreign secretary said that Kashmir did not come up for discussion and both leaders spoke about the global threat from terrorism and the need to tackle it in the increasingly diverse world.
Xi also felt that the two nations needed to engage more on defence and security. He felt that the engagement would enhance trust between the two armies, the foreign secretary said. Boost for people to people contact was another area of priority where it was felt that there was a need to broad base public opinion in both countries.
On the first day of talks on Friday, the two leaders held “open and cordial” discussions over a dinner that stretched for two and a half hours, almost double the scheduled duration. “This was quality time that the two leaders spent together one on one,” Gokhale said on Friday.
The two leaders discussed their respective national visions and governance priorities, and Xi said he was looking forward to working very closely with Modi “on all issues”, according to Gokhale.
Oct 12, 2019 14:13 IST