Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday held series of meetings in Wuhan city of China's Hubei province as part of a historic two-day informal summit to "solidify" the India-China ties and exchanged views on how the two countries can work together for the overall good of the world.
"The two leaders had a one-on-one meeting during which they exchanged views on solidifying our bilateral relationship," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar was quoted as saying by PTI.
The two-day informal summit in Wuhan, the first of its kind between the countries, is being seen as an effort by India and China to rebuild trust and improve ties that were hit by the 2017 Doklam standoff.
Modi, who landed in Wuhan past midnight on Thursday, held a series of informal one-on-one meeting with Jinping in Hubei provincial museum in the city. Later, they also held rounds of delegation-level talks with six officials on each side.
Xi also hosted a banquet for Modi at the state guest house by the famous East Lake in central Wuhan.
During the talks, Modi offered to host the next informal summit with Xi in India in 2019. "I'll be happy, if in 2019, we can have such informal summit in India," Modi told Xi. The Chinese president said they can meet in a similar fashion from time to time.
"I believe in the future, we will meet in format like this, from time to time. I look forward to in-depth communication with your Excellency, and ensure we can build common understanding and help to take the China-India relationship to the next level," Xi said.
Hailing the centuries old Sino-India ties and looking forward, Modi said the two sides have a "big opportunity" to work together for the benefit of their people and the world.
More meetings will be held between Modi and Xi on Saturday with just interpreters of Hindi and Chinese languages accompanying them. Both leaders will have a walk along the banks of a lake and take a boat ride together to herald a new chapter in Indo-Sino relations.
#04:01 PM: I hope such informal summits becomes a tradition between both the countries. I'll be happy, if in 2019, we can have such informal summit in India: Modi
#03:58 PM: We (India-China) have the responsibility to work for 40% of the world population, this means trying to successfully get the world rid of many problems. To work together towards this is a big opportunity for us: PM Mod
# 03:55 PM: Meanwhile, Congress president Rahul Gandhi has termed the "informal summit" between Modi and Xi Jinping a "no agenda" meet. Rahul asked Modi to raise the issues of Doklam and CPEC.
“Dear PM, Saw the live TV feed of your “No Agenda” China visit. You look tense! A quick reminder: 1. DOKLAM, 2. China Pakistan Eco Corridor passes through POK. That’s Indian territory. India wants to hear you talk about these crucial issues. You have our support,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
# 03: 50 PM: The people of India feel really proud that I'm the first Prime Minister of India, for whom, you (Chinese President) have come out of the capital twice to receive me, says Modi in Wuhan.
#03:40 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi & Chinese President Xi Jinping hold delegation level talks in Hubei.
#03:20 PM: Watch: PM Modi at an exhibition of Marquis Yi of Zeng Cultural Relics & Treasure.
#03:15 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi & Chinese President Xi Jinping visit an exhibition of Marquis Yi of Zeng Cultural Relics & Treasure (Hubei Provincial Museum)
#01:07 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping witness a cultural programme at Hubei Provincial Museum.
#01:02 PM: Prime Minister Modi meets Chinese President Xi Jinping at Hubei Provincial Museum.
#12:55 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for Hubei Provincial Museum.
# 10:30 AM: Congress party has asked if Prime Minister Modi will raise questions over China's occupation in Doklam during his informal summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
As Modiji 'hugs' his friend, President, Xi Jinping today in Wuhan, China, will he remember his innate duty to protect India’s strategic interests & question China on occupation of #Dokalam impacting India’s National Security?— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) April 27, 2018
# 9:30 AM: Chinese Defence Ministry expressed its willingness to stabilize Indo-China military ties on the sidelines of the on-going visit of Prime Minister Modi to Wuhan city.
#08:50 AM: PM Narendra Modi to have a one-on-one meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at 1530 hrs (China time) in China's Wuhan.
PM Narendra Modi to have a one-on-one meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at 1530 hrs (China time) in China's Wuhan. (File Pic) pic.twitter.com/sFhxI22NvE— ANI (@ANI) April 27, 2018
#08:45 AM: OPINION | Modi must tread warily to dispel any sign of hidden agenda: The abruptly-called summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuhan, China, later this week could turn out to be a clever ruse to showcase Sino-Indian convergence on issues relating to US protectionism. he Chinese, caught in a piquant situation after the trade restrictions imposed by the Trump administration on Chinese exports to the US are apparently keen to project to US President Donald Trump that they have Indian support. Modi would have to tread warily to dispel any impression of a hidden agenda with China on this issue..... Click Here To Read More
#08: 35 AM: "President Xi and I will exchange views on a range of issues of bilateral and global importance... We will also review the developments in the India-China relations from a strategic and long-term perspective," PM Modi tweeted on Thursday.
#08:30 AM: Hello and welcome to the live updates on Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi's China visit. Modi is on a two-day visit to attend an "informal summit" being hosted by Chinese President Xi-Jinping. For the next two days, the leaders of the two emerging Asian powers will hold a series of one-on-one meetings. The "informal summit" is seen as a significant milestone in Indo-Sino relations.