Modi meets Jinping ahead of G20 summit, highlights menace of terror

The two nuclear-armed neighbours have been seemingly moving to gradually ease long-existing tensions between them.In photo: Indian PM Narendra Modi (L) meets Chinese President (R) ahead of G20 summit that begins today. Photograph:( AFP )

Agencies Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China Sep 04, 2016, 03.55 AM (IST)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of the two-day G20 Summit in Hangzhou city of China. 

During the meeting, Modi condemned the recent militant attack on Chinese embassy in Bishek, Kyrgyzstan. He highlighted the menace of terrorism, saying the recent attacks show how it is spreading across the world and is, therefore, a matter of grave concern. 

Clearing bilateral differences 

This is the first meeting between Prime Minister Modi and President Jinping after they met on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit held in Uzbekistan capital Tashkent in June 23.

"First engagement in Hangzhou is a meeting with the host. PM @narendramodi meets President Xi Jinping," tweeted spokesperson of Indian foreign ministry, Vikas Swarup.
 

The meeting is a significant one, reported ANI news agency, as it follows after China stalled India's membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and bilateral differences over the proposed USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor which runs through Pakistan-cantrolled Kashmir, Beijing blocking the UN move to ban Masood Azhar, chief of the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).
 
Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi's visit to India last month indicated that it would be ready to revisit the question of India's membership to the NSG. 


Beijing has raised concerns over the close ties of India with the US and the recently signed Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA), which will enable the militaries of both the democracies access to each other's facilities for supplies and repairs.

However, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi's visit to India last month indicated that it would be ready to revisit the question of India's membership to the NSG. 

The two nuclear-armed neighbours have been seemingly moving to gradually ease long-existing tensions between them.

Leaders of Asia's two giants pledged last year to cool a festering border dispute, which dates back to a brief border war in 1962, though the disagreement remains unresolved.

China lays claim to more than 90,000 sq km (35,000 sq miles) ruled by New Delhi in the eastern sector of the Himalayas. India says China occupies 38,000 sq km (14,600 sq miles) of its territory on the Aksai Chin plateau in the west.

Meanwhile, Modi will also hold bilateral meetings with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince Mohammad bin Salman on the sidelines of the G20 Summit.

He will attend the two-day G20 summit that begins today where leaders of the world's 20 biggest economies will be seeking to jolt global economy out of sluggish growth and avert trade protectionism.

(WION with inputs from agencies)