04/28/2018, 13.34
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Xi and Modi meet: a 'strategic guidance' against the danger of war

Among other issues on the table, the leaders of China and India recognize the importance of fighting terrorism. Greater dialogue to reduce border tensions; cooperation in areas of sustainable development, food security and climate change.

Beijing (AsiaNews / Agencies) - A "strategic guidance" to their militaries to strengthen communications and to build trust and understanding”, reads an agreement reached today in Wuhan, China, between the Chinese president Xi Jinping and the Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

Among the various issues addressed in the two-day summit, the leaders of the two largest Asian nations recognized the importance of maintaining peace and tranquility in all areas of the border between India and China, to avoid repetition tensions at the border that last year risked reigniting the military clash on the Doklam plateau in Bhutan.

Vijay Goghale, secretary of the Indian Foreign Ministry, reports that the two leaders discussed cooperation and development. "We discussed ways to give impetus to our economic ties as well as people-to-people relations. Other areas we spoke about include agriculture, technology, energy and tourism," he said.

it is the fourth time Prime Minister Modi has met the Chinese president since taking office in 2014. The "informal summit" was long awaited. There was the thorny question of control of the 3,488 km of border and the agreements on the "Belt and Road" strategy, the belt of ports and highways with which Beijing wants to get use to bring its goods to the heart of Europe, and which Delhi opposes in areas that affects the territory of Kashmir disputed with Pakistan.

Gokhale welcomes the success of the summit, during which "the two leaders have shown that they have the maturity and the wisdom to face their differences through peaceful discussions". "We want to respect - he underlined – each other’s sensibilities, problems and the aspirations".

Other topics included the recognition "of the common threat posed by terrorism and the commitment to cooperate in the future in countering terrorism".

The Indian premier then mentioned the importance of making trade between the two countries more balanced and the possibility of exporting agricultural and pharmaceutical products to China. Finally, the commitment to collaborate in the field of climate change, sustainable development and food security.

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