Xi proposes new strategic framework

“There is a sense of new energy and enthusiasm” in India-China ties following the talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and China’s President Xi Jinping in Ufa, the venue of the seventh summit of the Brazil-Russia-India, China-South Africa (BRICS) grouping, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar told the media on Thursday.

The wide canvas covered during the 90-minute talks included the boundary question, confidence-building measures, issues of maintaining peace and tranquillity along the border and more meeting points at the border. Diplomatic sources said the clarification of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and the passage of the Pakistan-China economic corridor through disputed territory in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) have emerged as the two impediments hampering the full development of India-China ties.

Mr. Jaishankar said India’s bid for a permanent seat in a reformed U.N. Security Council and the Nuclear Suppliers Group membership also came up for discussion.

Key points

President Xi proposed Sino-Indian collaboration within a new strategic framework, which has the emerging markets and developing countries at their focal points.

He stressed that China and India should make joint efforts to push a new institutional framework of global relevance, which includes the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB), along with firming up their partnership within the emerging market framework.

Regarding the harmonisation of China’s connectivity initiative with the Indian one, Chinese diplomats have already advocated the fusion of China’s Belt and Road project with New Delhi’s “Act East” policy.

In Ufa, President XI singled out the BCIM project — also called the Kolkata to Kunming economic corridor — as a priority undertaking between the two countries.

Following talks with President Xi, Prime Minister Modi reached out directly to Chinese audiences with his posts on Sina Weibo, a typically Chinese social media platform.

“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,” he said in one of his posts.

Chinese President singles out

Kolkata-Kunming corridor as a priority