India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of the BRICS meeting today at Fortaleza, Brazil. “When India and China meet, the world watches us”, is what Xi Jinping said during the meet as reported by external affairs spokesperson Akbaruddin.
Both the leaders have accepted to looking at all border disputes, which have been halting better relations between the neighbors in an amicable manner. Though the meeting was scheduled for 40 minutes, it went on much beyond the stipulation and lasted little over 80 minutes, as both the leaders discussed several issues outside the agenda, indicating at an easily found communicability between them. During this freewheeling chat, Jinping is reported to have appreciated the development efforts put in by Modi under his Chief Ministership in Gujarat. He has also surprised Modi by extending an invitation to the November scheduled Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation – APEC summit. The twenty nation grouping of which Japan, US, Russia, Canada, Australia, South Korea and several other important economic entities, has not been opened up to India, given only the status of an observing member.
Jinping reportedly has also asked Modi for a bigger role for India in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, another important grouping of six countries which has China, Russia, and few other former Soviet Russia countries as members. India has been an observing member here too.
From India’s side, Modi is said to have broached the subject of frequent border incursions by China and other border related disputes, Arunachal Pradesh and other areas. He is said to have asked for additional routes through Chinese areas for Mansarovar Yatra. Both leaders have discussed ways to strengthen the Buddhism related tourism exchange which binds the nations together.
The invitation to APEC summit, whether accepted or not by Modi as SAARC summit is scheduled for November in India, shows clear signs that after US, China too is intent on wooing the new leadership on India.