India, China agree to undertake joint economic project in Afghanistan
New Delhi: Both India and China have agreed to undertake a joint India-China economic project in Afghanistan. An understanding in this regard was reached between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at their first informal summit in Wuhan, media reports said on Saturday (28.4.2018)
According to the understanding, officials of both the countries will identify the project in following up discussions and work out modalities.
Meanwhile, during their “extensive and fruitful talks” in Wuhan, PM Modi and Chinese President agreed to maintain peace at the border and strengthen greater strategic communication between the two sides, media reports quoting Ministry of External Affairs said.
“The two leaders (Modi and Xi) underscored that it is important to maintain peace along India-China border region and decided that they will issue strategic guidance to their respective militaries to strengthen communications and to build trust and understanding, to implement various confidence-building measures which have already been agreed upon by the two sides and to strengthen existing institutional mechanisms to prevent and manage situations in the border areas,” foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale was quoted in media reports.
On the India-China boundary issue, both the leaders endorsed work of the special representative to find a fair, reasonable and mutual settlement of the dispute.
Gokhale said the two leaders were of the view that the two countries had the maturity and wisdom to handle all our differences through peaceful discussions within the context of the overall relationships.
No agreements were inked, nor any announcements made at the summit.
Both the leaders recognised the common threat posed by terrorism and they reiterated their resolute opposition to terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.