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Chennai Connect will add great momentum to India-China relations: Narendra Modi

Chennai Connect will add great momentum to India-China relations: Narendra Modi

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 12 Oct 2019, 11:34 am

Chennai: Thanking Chinese President Xi Jinping for visiting India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he expects the 'Chennai Connect' to add great momentum to India-China relations.

"I thank President Xi Jinping for coming to India for our second Informal Summit. The #ChennaiConnect will add great momentum to India-China relations. This will benefit the people of our nations and the world," Modi tweeted.


"Discussions continued with President Xi Jinping at Mamallapuram. We’ve been having productive deliberations on further improving India-China relations," he said.

Xi visited India for the second informal summit with Modi.

Xi visited India from Oct 11 to Oct 12.

"The two Leaders had an in-depth exchange of views in a friendly atmosphere on overarching, long-term and strategic issues of global and regional importance They also shared their respective approaches towards national development," read a statement issued by Ministry of External Affairs.

Both Leaders shared the view that the international situation is witnessing significant readjustment.

They were of the view that India and China share the common objective of working for a peaceful, secure and prosperous world in which all countries can pursue their development within a rules-based international order.

The Leaders recognized that India and China have a common interest in preserving and advancing a rules-based and inclusive international order, including through reforms that reflect the new realities of the 21st Century.

Both agreed that it is important to support and strengthen the rules-based multilateral trading system at a time when globally agreed trade practices and norms are being selectively questioned. India and China will continue to work together for open and inclusive trade arrangements that will benefit all countries, read a statement issued by the MEA.

Both Leaders also underscored the important efforts being made in their respective countries to address global developmental challenges, including climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals. They emphasized that their individual efforts in this regard would help the international community achieve the targets.

MEA said: "Both Leaders are concerned that terrorism continues to pose a common threat. As countries that are large and diverse, they recognized the importance of continuing to make joint efforts to ensure that the international community strengthens the framework against training, financing and supporting terrorist groups throughout the world and on a non-discriminatory basis."

The two Leaders exchanged views on the age-old commercial linkages and people-to-people contacts between India and China in the past two millennia, including significant maritime contacts.

In this regard the two leaders agreed on establishment of sister-state relations between Tamil Nadu and Fujian Province, exploring the possibility of establishing an academy to study links between Mahabalipuram and Fujian province on the lines of the experience between Ajanta and Dunhuang and conducting research on maritime links between China and India in view of our extensive contacts over the centuries. 

President Xi invited Prime Minister Modi to visit China for the 3rd Informal Summit.

Prime Minister Modi has accepted the invitation.  

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