The two-day informal meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuhan city in central-eastern China's Hubei province concluded on Saturday, April 28. The two leaders discussed a wide array of issues and generated hope about a future filled with friendship and cooperation.
Here are the main takeaways from the widely publicised visit of PM Modi to China:
- Border peace: In the wake of the serious military standoff in Doklam last year, Modi and Jinping stressed the significance of maintaining peace and tranquillity in the border region of the two countries - something which has been elusive and hurt their bilateral relations over the decades. It was decided that they would issue strategic guidance to their respective armies to better communication towards a bigger mutual trust and understanding. Also India and China vowed to cooperate over confidence-building measures.
- More cooperation: Modi and Jinping agreed to work together on economic cooperation in Afghanistan, the war-ravaged South Asian country where several powers are engaged in the new great game. And this pledge was part of a greater cooperation between the two big neighbours in an international order which is increasingly coming out of the shadow of the retreating US. The two sides also decided to work more on the closer development partnership which they had promised to develop during Jinping's visit to India in September 2014.
- On terror: Modi and Jinping jointly acknowledged the menace that terrorism poses and vowed to back each other on the war against it in all forms and manifestations. They, however, did not go into specifics of the issue like Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar, said reports.
- A plethora of issues: The two leaders also discussed trade, technology, films, people-to-people contacts, tourism and climate change during their summit-like meeting. Modi also coined a new acronym STRENGTH to convey the significance of the two countries' people-to-people relations. STRENGTH stands for Spirituality; Tradition; Trade and Technology; Relationship; Entertainment; Nature conservation; Games; Tourism and Health and Healing).