Modi, Xi upbeat on relations post-Wuhan

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Leaders hold bilateral at G20 summit.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed that there had been a “perceptible improvement” in bilateral ties after their Wuhan summit and both sides are optimistic that 2019 would be an even better year for India-China relations.

During their fourth meeting this year on the sidelines of the G-20 summit, Mr. Modi and Mr. Xi on Friday discussed joint efforts to further enhance mutual trust and friendship.

“Had a wonderful meeting with President Xi Jinping,” Mr. Modi tweeted and said the talks revolved around a wide range of bilateral and global subjects.

A statement issued by the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Beijing said Mr. Xi told Mr. Modi that many important consensus points on the development of China-India relations were being implemented and the relations were are steadily improving.

Referring to the talks between the Special Representatives on the border issue as well as defence and various other delegations, President Xi said the two sides should work together to build an open world economy and make globalisation more open, inclusive, balanced and beneficial to all, the statement said.

“We should oppose protectionism and unilateralism, uphold the core values and basic principles of the World Trade Organisation (WTO),” Mr. Xi said.

Asserting that their Wuhan informal meeting was a milestone in the Sino-India ties, Mr. Modi told Mr. Xi that he was looking forward to host him for an informal summit next year.

Soyameal imports

Later, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale told reporters that the two leaders said there had been a perceptible improvement in relations. President Xi referred to enhanced imports of rice and sugar from India and spoke of possibility of greater import of soyameal and rapeseed, Mr. Gokhale said.

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