Indian PM tells Chinese President relations are stable, differences manageable

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Setting aside recent differences over Ladakh, India and China have chose to start a new chapter in their relationship with the "Chennai Vision", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said after holding a second round of informal talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday.

The two countries should promote their military relations along the correct direction of enhancing trust, dispelling doubts and strengthening friendly cooperation, carry out activities including professional cooperation and joint training, continuously enhance mutual trust between the two militaries, strengthen cooperation between law enforcement and security departments, and maintain regional security and stability, Xi said.

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"There is a new focus on people to people connect between the two countries", he added.

Trade seems to be the focal point of discussions between the two leaders, with the high-level ministerial level mechanism aimed at reducing trade gaps between the two neighbors. "Our position is anyways very clear that this is an internal matter of India", Gokhale said.

Just two days before his visit, Xi said that he was "watching the situation in Kashmir" and would "support Pakistan in issues related to its core interests". According to One India, Recently, some locals of the area were perplexed when the panchayat informed her that stray dogs in her area will be removed on account of the Modi-Xi informal summit.

Calling on the two countries to jointly make a success of the celebration events next year to mark their 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties, Modi said India also welcomes more Chinese tourists and hopes to carry out joint research on the long history of India-China exchanges.

"This creates an imbalance and what has worsened this are Chinese non-tariff barriers, particularly with regard to Indian pharmaceutical goods", he said.

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Both as ancient civilizations with several thousand years of history, China and India have carried on their exchanges and mutual learning till this day, he said.

China claims some 90,000 square kilometers (35,000 square miles) of territory in India's northeast, while India says China occupies 38,000 square kilometers (15,000 square miles) of its territory on the Aksai Chin Plateau in the western Himalayas. Both countries have suffered under the divide-and-conquer tactics used by colonial powers.

The shawl, with an embossment of the image of Xi in gold which are zari embellishments on bright red silk background was displayed by Modi to Xi at Mamallapuram near here.

On the climate change, Modi and Xi underscored the important efforts being made in their respective countries to address global developmental challenges, including climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Gokhale said both Modi and Xi are concerned that terrorism.

The Prime Minister also briefed Xi on the handlooms of Tamil Nadu.

In his opening remarks, Xi said he had a free and frank discussion with Modi and would pursue proposals the two leaders discussed to improve bilateral ties.

They went to war in 1962 over Arunachal Pradesh state in northeast India, where China claims about 90,000 square kilometres (35,000 square miles) of the territory, next to Tibet.

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