Date
24 July 2017
Li Keqiang (left) and Narendra Modi review an honor guard outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: Reuters
Li Keqiang (left) and Narendra Modi review an honor guard outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

US$10 bln in deals signed as Modi visits Beijing

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Premier Li Keqiang and other leaders in Beijing Friday, on the second day of his visit to China.

Modi and Li sat down for talks at the Great Hall of the People, where they discussed a long-running border dispute, among other matters.

The pair also signed 24 agreements worth US$10 billion covering education, railways, and scientific research, BBC News reported.

China and India have a few border disputes, including one over an Indian-administered area that China calls Zangnan, or South Tibet, but India considers to be part of its Arunachal Pradesh state.

Modi said at a news conference Friday he and Li agreed to explore a “mutually acceptable resolution” to the issue, which stems from a disagreement over a boundary line.

Li said the two countries needed to build a “fairer and more reasonable international order”.

Modi is also meeting Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the National People’s Congress standing committee, and is due to speak at Tsinghua University.

President Xi Jinping hosted Modi in Xi’s hometown of Xian in Shaanxi province Thursday at the start of the three-day trip.

Modi was taken on a tour of a terracotta warriors exhibition and later attended a lavish cultural performance.

He said he had an “extremely productive” meeting with Xi, whom he presented with several Buddhist gifts.

A statement by China’s foreign affairs ministry reported Xi as saying to Modi that their two countries “must work together to enhance mutual trust, control our differences and problems to avoid them interfering with bilateral relations”.

Modi will visit Shanghai next and meet members of the business community there.

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