China Holds Shanghai Cooperation Organization Meeting Opposite G7 Summit

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks to reporters in Tehran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks to reporters in Tehran

The two leaders also stock of the progress in implementing the decisions they had taken at their informal summit in Wuhan in April.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Qingdao, China, June 9, 2018.

China's defence minister as well as the Minister for Public Security will visit India. Indian pharmaceuticals are another potential item of export to China, he said.

Xi called the Wuhan summit "a new starting point of bilateral relations" and Modi concurred, saying it was a "milestone".

Chinese President Xi Jinping opened the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting in the coastal Chinese city of Qingdao with a banquet and a fireworks display.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed the plenary session at the 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in China. "Our talks will add further vigor to the India-China friendship". Diplomats said the summit is also likely to explore ways to deepen cooperation among the SCO member countries in dealing with threats of terrorism, extremism, and radicalisation besides delving into issues relating to trade, investment, and connectivity.

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said on Saturday that President Jinping has also accepted PM Modi's invite to India for an informal summit next year, in a move to strengthen the bilateral ties.

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The declaration will hold details of the significant mechanism for resisting the global terror activities.

The two leaders also spoke about ensuring greater people-to-people contact, with Xi talking about the popularity of Indian films like Dangal, Bahubaali and Hindi Medium in China.

Luo said it was the 14th meeting between the two leaders over past four years.

Talking about the outcome of the meeting, Gokhale said both the sides agreed to set up a new people-to-people mechanism to enhance cooperation in several areas such as art and culture. The next Modi-Xi meeting would take place in South Africa in July on the sidelines of the BRICS summit, he said. He held bilateral meetings with the Presidents of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

Sharing some aspects of the almost 50-minute meeting, the foreign secretary said Xi described the Wuhan summit as a "new starting point" in bilateral relations between the two countries while Prime Minister called it as a "milestone" in ties which will help in developing mutual understanding and trust.

The grouping has traditionally focused on counter-terrorism and security issues, and India's hope is to bolster regional cooperation on combating terror. India, along with Pakistan, became full-time members at the summit in Kazakhstan in June 2017.

China may, however, be hindered from gaining robust support for its project at this summit due to India, the only SCO member that does not endorse it, she noted.

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