China celebrates unity within Eurasian SCO bloc as G7 struggles with Trump

China celebrates unity within Eurasian SCO bloc as G7 struggles with Trump

Addressing the press, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said, "The Chinese side has accepted the Prime Minister's invitation to President Xi Jinping to have an informal summit in India in 2019".

As India and Pakistan both have rich experience in maintaining security and combating crime, their entry will enhance the development potential and expand the room for cooperation between SCO members in terms of security, Liao said. In a tweet after the meeting, the PM said, "Met this year's SCO host, President Xi Jinping this evening".

"It is the first summit after India and Pakistan joined SCO as full members of this organisation", Zhou said adding, "I think the forthcoming summit will explore the opportunity of new membership of India and Pakistan to expand the scope and areas of cooperation, not only between China and Pakistan and India but between all members of the SCO".

In his address at the SCO, Modi is likely to articulate India's position on dealing with major challenges facing the world including ways to tackle terrorism, and boosting trade and investment in the region.

Xi conveyed to the Indian side that China's defence minister and Minister of Public security, who is equivalent to India's Home Minister, will visit New Delhi this year.

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"The China-Pakistan all-weather strategic cooperation is not only the shared asset of the two countries, but also offers a model for building a new type of global relations", Xi said. Beijing had earlier denied access to non-Basmati rice saying it failed to meet its norms. India had said past year that China did not stick to an agreement to share hydrological data, or scientific information on the movement and quality of water, for the Brahmaputra.

"(Modi) also conveyed to President Xi Jinping our readiness to permit the Bank of China to establish a branch office in Mumbai", Gokhale said.

Apart from this, the two sides formally agreed to undertake a joint project in Afghanistan, pertaining to "capacity building". "And both leaders made very positive assessment of the Wuhan summit", he said, adding that both the leaders agreed to keep open the strategic communication.

India signaled in advance of the meeting that it will not compromise its sovereignty by reconsidering its opposition to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, an infrastructure project that would pass through land in Kashmir occupied by Pakistan but claimed by India. "In that context a new people-to-people mechanism will be set up, headed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on the Indian side and by State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi".

In this context, Xi also referred to growing popularity of Indian films in China and particularly mentioned about films Dangal and Bahubali. Over the past years, SCO member states have jointly made achievements in deterring terrorist attacks and arresting members of worldwide terrorist organisations, he said.

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