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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad on Wednesday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said he had a “comprehensive” meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and both of them are “strongly committed” to taking bilateral ties to “new heights”, a day after raising strong concerns over China’s move to block action against Pakistan over Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi’s release.
“I met President Xi Jinping once again, this time in Ufa, Russia where we both are attending the BRICS and SCO Summit,” Modi said in his post on the Chinese social media Weibo, akin to Twitter in China, where he had thousands of followers ever since he opened his account ahead of his visit in Beijing in May.

The two leaders met on the sidelines of the BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summits in Ufa.

“Our meeting was very comprehensive and several issues were discussed, both about India-China ties and global affairs. Both of us are strongly committed to taking India-China ties to new heights and increasing our economic, cultural and people-to-people relations,” Modi said.

During his meeting with Xi, Modi on Wednesday “strongly” and “clearly” conveyed concerns to him over China blocking a proposal for action by the UN against Pakistan on the release of jailed Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.

The two sides felt that the issue should be discussed further at the level of officials.
He also voiced concerns over the USD 46 billion economic corridor that China is building with Pakistan as it crosses Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, which India considers its part.
During their talks, Xi called for proper management of differences over border issue and told Prime Minister Modi that China and India should work together to build a closer, comprehensive and firmer partnership among BRICS countries.

The two sides should properly manage and control their differences on the boundary issue and jointly safeguard peace and security in the border areas, Xi said.

This is the fourth bilateral meeting between the two leaders since their first in Fortaleza, Brazil, last July.

Xi and Modi visited each other’s countries and hometowns in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
Xi recalled his meeting with Modi in his hometown Xi’an, where the two leaders reached important consensuses on enriching the bilateral strategic partnership and forging a closer partnership of development, China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The Xi’an meeting had sent positive signals to the people of the two countries and the international community that the two major developing nations are committed to cooperating for common development, Xi said.

“Thanks to joint efforts of both sides, the agreements reached back then are now being translated into steady progress in bilateral cooperation in such areas as parliamentary exchanges, railway, industrial parks and smart city,” Xi was quoted as saying.

He also called on the two countries to make concerted efforts to maintain the positive momentum in the development of bilateral ties and open new prospects for mutually beneficial cooperation. (www.thehindu.com)