WUHAN, China (Reuters) – Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou said on Saturday the just-concluded informal summit between the leaders of China and India was a milestone in relations.
China and India have concrete differences but the summit was not aimed at addressing these specific issues, Kong told reporters in the central Chinese city of Wuhan where the meeting took place.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said the problems between China and India are of a limited, temporary nature, Kong said.
PM Modi had arrived in China on Thursday for the “informal summit” with Xi.
The prime minister held one-on-one talks with Xi which is being seen as an effort by India and China to rebuild trust and improve ties that were hit by the 73-day-long Dokalam standoff last year.
The two leaders exchanged views on “solidifying” the India-China relationship and decided to issue strategic guidance to their respective militaries to strengthen communications and to build trust and understanding.
They recognised terrorism as common threat and committed to cooperate further on counter terrorism.
PM Modi also offered to host the next informal summit with Xi in India next year, a proposal which elicited a positive response from the Chinese president.
The two leaders began their informal meetings way back in 2014 when Xi was hosted by PM Modi at the Sabarmati Ashram of Mahatma Gandhi in Gujarat. They have met and interacted with each other in about a dozen international meetings since then.
This is the fourth visit of PM Modi to China after he came to power in 2014. He is again due to visit China to take part in the SCO summit to be held at Qingdao city on June 9-10.
PM Modi was seen off by Chinese Vice Foreign Minster, Kong Xuanyou and Chinese Ambassador to India, Luo Zhaohui and other officials.