Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held the first-ever informal summit in China’s Wuhan city on 27th and 28th April, 2018 to discuss measures for strengthening bilateral ties between both the countries.
Highlights of informal summit between PM Modi and Prez Xi:
This was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s fourth visit to China after he came to power in 2014.
- During this visit, PM Modi gifted to Xi Jinping, specially made prints of paintings by legendary Chinese artist Xu Beihong. Titled ‘The Horse and Sparrows and Grass’, Xu made these paintings during 1939-40, when he stayed at Kala Bhavan in Santiniketan and worked under Rabindranath Tagore.
- On April 27, 2018, the first day of the summit, both the leaders held one-to-one talks, where they discussed the historical past of both India and China.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised the need for strengthening bilateral relations between India and China through his own version of “Panchsheel” or five-point agenda – shared vision, shared resolve, strong relationship, better communication and shared thought process.
- Discussion during the course of this informal summit between PM Modi and Xi Jinping revolved around trade, strategic military relations, tourism, promoting cultural, people to people relations and other bilateral and regional issues.
- Both the leaders, acknowledged the need to maintain peace and tranquillity in all areas of the India-China border region.
- Besides, they also agreed to undertake a joint India-China economic project in Afghanistan. Officials of both sides will identify the project and work out modalities.
- Overall, the informal summit proved to ease out tension in India-China relation, which had deteriorated recently on account of Doklam standoff, China’s plan to extend its Belt and Road Initiative to Pakistan occupied Kashmir and Chinese Navy’s attempts to increase its influence in Indian Ocean Region.
Quick Facts about China:
♦ Capital – Beijing
♦ Currency – Renminbi
♦ Current President – Xi Jinping
♦ Important Rivers – Yangtze, Yellow River