Beijing wants to put its relationship with New Delhi on the “right track”, Chinese President Xi Jinping told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, raising hopes that the two Asian powers will mend ties following a recent tense Himalayan border standoff.
“China is willing to work with India … to increase political trust, advance mutually beneficial cooperation and promote the further development of China-India relations along the correct path,” Xi told Modi during a meeting on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Xiamen, Reuters reports.
“China and India must maintain the fundamental determination that each other constitute mutual development opportunities and do not constitute a mutual threat,” Xi said.
Citing a statement from China’s foreign ministry, the report quoted Xi as telling Modi that peaceful, cooperative relations are the “only correct choice”.
The meeting on Tuesday was the first between the two leaders since Chinese and Indian troops ended a standoff in the Doklam border region about a week ago.
Xi and Modi spoke for more than an hour and the discussions were “constructive”, Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar told reporters in Xiamen after the meeting.
“There was a sense that if the relationship is to go forward, then peace and tranquility on the border area should be maintained,” Jaishankar said.
Both sides agreed that strong contacts between their defense personnel were needed to prevent another border incident, the official was quoted as saying.
Pressed on how the Doklam dispute was discussed, Jaishankar said: “Both of us know what happened. This was not a backwards looking conversation. This was a forward-looking conversation.”
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