China and India look to strengthen relationship

The two nations pledge to work together in hosting upcoming G20 and BRICS summits, and to cooperate more on economic and security matters

China and India vowed to enhance their bilateral ties and to cooperate in hosting the upcoming Group of 20 (G20) summit in Hangzhou as well as another meeting between emerging-market nations.

The pledge was made at a meeting between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Saturday.

Wang said one of the major aims of his trip was to conduct strategic communications with India ahead of the G20 summit, to be held in Hangzhou next month, and the BRICS summit involving China, India, Brazil, Russia and South Africa in India in October.

The meeting between Wang and Modi was held as India steps up its efforts to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group, a bloc of 48 countries that seeks to control the export of materials and technology that can be used to produce nuclear weapons. Beijing has not given the green light for India to join the group.

China and India have ongoing border disputes, which have led in the past to confrontations. However, Wang was quoted by Xinhua as saying he was satisfied with the development of bilateral ties between the two nations.

“China and India should not let specific differences affect the overall situation of friendly bilateral ties, nor should they let individual problems obstruct the course of cooperation,” Wang said. He added that the two sides had reached a consensus that problems should be resolved in a spirit of mutual trust.

In a separate meeting with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj, Wang said the two nations should enhance cooperation in building railways and industrial parks, as well as in security, anti-terrorism and tourism.

Zhao said the communication mechanisms between the two countries had helped reduce tensions from territorial disputes over the past few years.

Full article: China and India look to strengthen relationship (South China Morning Post)

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