Xi, Modi seek stable ties after worst border spat since 1962

Xi, Modi seek stable ties after worst border spat since 1962

Xi, Modi seek stable ties after worst border spat since 1962

Modi and Xi held bilateral talks along the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in China's port city of Xiamen - their first such meeting after the standoff between hundreds of troops from both the countries ended last week after a period of 73 days.

The defence minister said strict surveillance is being conducted on Pakistan's ground, aerial and naval borders, adding that the country faces no danger of foreign aggression. However, on verification, both sides are now at the pre-June 16 position, which effectively means that China has stopped its road construction activities in Doklam region's Dolam plateau for now.

"Dicussions were constructive. Agreed at Astana that will not let differences become disputes, that was reaffirmed", Jaishankar told the media during the briefing in Xiamen. The prospect of the Xi-Modi meeting had raised hopes they will try and fix a relationship that has deteriorated as the two countries find their interests diverge - and often clash - while competing for influence across Asia.

The two sides agreed that Chinese and Indian defense and security personnel "must maintain strong contacts and cooperation and ensure that the sort of situations which happened recently do not re-occur", he said.

"Peace and tranquility in border areas a pre-requisite for further development and to enhance mutual trust".

Earlier on Monday, China had also mentioned the meeting between the two leaders but didn't mention if the Doklam standoff will be discussed. "And we also count on the BRICS Business Council to take us closer to our common objective of improving business and investment cooperation", Modi said.

President Xi said the China-South Africa relationship is "at its best in history". In the 9th Brics Summit, PM Modi suggests Brics leadership for global transformation that can be achieved through Ten Noble commitments.

He said that programs like Digital India, Start-up India and Make in India were changing the country's economic landscape.

In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that during their meeting, "President Xi stressed that China and India are each others' opportunities not threats".

Xi also urged developed nations to provide more assistance to developing countries.

"We hope India can view China's development in a correct and rational way".

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