India, China Settle Brahmaputra Dispute In Sign Of Improving Ties

Pauline Gross
June 10, 2018

President Xi Jinping accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi's invitation to visit India for the next informal summit.

The Chinese President welcomed Pakistan's representation in the Organization as a member. This was the second meeting between Modi and Xi this year and the 14th in the past four years.

India and Pakistan joined the SCO as full-fledged members after the 2017 SCO Astana summit.

Trade, investment and development cooperation issues will also feature prominently at the SCO, Murphy said, given the climate of "rising anti-globalisation and strains on global multilateral economic institutions", stoked by Trump's nationalist "America First" policy. The announcement about Xi's visit is seen as a signal to the people of India and China that the two leaders have finally agreed on a plan to resolve past disputes to the extent possible. The Special Representatives on the border issue will also meet this year.

Noting that China and India have reaped quite a few early-harvest outcomes in implementing the consensus reached at the Wuhan meeting, Xi said the two sides should make persistent efforts to accelerate the implementation, maintain strategic communication, expand economic and trade cooperation, promote people-to-people exchanges and enhance coordination and cooperation on worldwide and regional affairs.

The rice deal should help India finally crack the market in China, the world's biggest buyer of the commodity, traders said. Xi said China will encourage Indian companies to register in China for exports. India will also be allowing Bank of China to open a branch in Mumbai, Gokhale said.

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Beijing agreed to share hydrological information of the Brahmaputra river with New Delhi and agreed to let India export non-basmati rice.

The two leaders also discussed regional situation and reiterated their commitment to regional peace and stability.

Korea Joongang Daily quotes Chinese media that in addition to issuing a joint declaration, participants will sign "more than 10 agreements on security, economic cooperation and people-to-people exchanges".

About Saturday's meeting, he said, "It was a substantive meeting and both leaders began by making a very positive assessment of the Wuhan summit. Our talks will add further vigour to the India-China friendship", Mr. Modi tweeted after the meeting. "One of the outcomes of today's meeting is that we have agreed we will move forward in identifying a specific project initially in the area of capacity building", Gokhale said.

The two leaders also spoke about ensuring greater people-to-people contact, with Xi talking about the popularity of Indian films like Dangal, Bahubaali and Hindi Medium in China. "India will benefit from SCO counterterrorism mechanism and I think Pakistan will make some compromise, for not just India and Afghanistan, but for the whole region", he said.

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