FTA between India, China can spur trade: Chinese envoy

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shake hands as they visit the Hubei Provincial Museum in Wuhan Hubei province China

Prime Minister Modi next meets President Xi next month in China for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting though the next informal summit like this between Mr Modi and Mr Xi will take place in India next year.

Importantly for India, Kong said that China was not going to push India to become a part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The "heart-to-heart" communication between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping during their two-day informal summit here reflected their deepened mutual history and charted the course of long-term bilateral development, according to a leading Chinese newspaper.

While in China, Prime Minister Modi tweeted, "The talks with President Xi Jinping focussed on diverse areas of India-China cooperation".

Modi and Xi agreed their countries should strengthen existing diplomatic mechanisms and improve lines of communication between the two militaries to ensure peace and tranquility along the lengthy border, Gokhale said. "India is pursuing its "Make in India" initiative, so it is concerned the U.S. might one day do the same to it", said Associate Professor Lin Minwang, an expert on Sino-Indian ties at Fudan University.

The leaders have spent two days in the central Chinese city of Wuhan for discussions on how to mend ties strained when troops from both sides came eyeball-to-eyeball in the disputed Doklam area.

This will be a first such project in the war-torn country where China is trying to expand its influence and has also offered to expand the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to Kabul.

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But neither leader directly mentioned the border row or other sources of tension in their remarks. The two leaders agreed that India and China are major powers, with strategic and decisional autonomy and they will pursue peaceful, stable and balanced relations and such a relationship will be a positive factor for stability amidst the current global uncertainties, he said, amidst increasing protectionist moves by countries like the US.

As for Afghanistan, the details would be announced once the two sides decided on the project. "They agreed to pool together their expertise and resources in these areas and create a global network dedicated to these challenges for the larger benefit of humanity", the statement said.

India and China have a long-standing border issue.

This can be a hint that India and China may desire to work more closely in view of the challenge to the WTO-guided multilateral world trading order that U.S. president Donald Trump appears to be posing by initiating bilateral protectionist steps, in the process hurting both China and India (and others) in varying degrees.

"I want to make our countries' friendly relations ceaselessly grow stronger, to make them rush forward without pause like the Yangtze and Yellow Rivers, eternally moving forward", Xi said.

The private lunch was hosted by the Chinese President in honour of PM Modi in Wuhan before the latter departed for New Delhi.

During the summit, the two leaders did not shy away or negotiate with each other but set the tone for addressing issues at macro level, he said.

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