Modi meets Xi, seeks solution of border, trade imbalance issues

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Indian delegation led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Chinese delegation led by President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping on the sidelines of 6th BRICS Summit in Fortaliza, Brazil on July 14, 2014. Modi called for amicably resolving the boundary row with China and sought enhanced investment in India's infrastructure sector during the meeting. (Photo: IANS)Fortaleza, Brazil: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping on July 15 and called for a solution to the “boundary question” as the two countries sought to expand their economic relations and rectify the trade imbalance.

In his first meeting with Xi since becoming prime minister, Modi called for enhanced Chinese investment in India’s infrastructure as the two leaders engaged in a freewheeling discussion and focused on building personal rapport in the discussion that went beyond the scheduled time.

China invited Modi to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in November, the first time India has been invited for the meet.

The meeting took place within hours of Modi and Xi arriving at Fortaleza in Brazil for the BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – leaders’ summit being held July 15-16.

Modi said if India and China could amicably resolve the boundary question, it would set an example for the world in peaceful conflict resolution. He also hoped that trade imbalance will be resolved and called for the two countries to work together against terrorism and extremism in the region.

Xi said, “When India and China meet, the whole world watches.”

“Both leaders went straight into their first meeting here, indicating the importance that both give to this relationship and to their discussions,” Indian external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.

The meeting, which was scheduled for about 30-40 minutes, lasted almost 80 minutes.

 

IANS