BRICS Summit: New Delhi, Beijing agree to maintain 'momentum' in ties; Chinese defence minister to visit India in August

Johannesburg (South Africa): Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed that the Chinese defence minister will visit India in August as part of the efforts to maintain the "momentum" generated by their recent meetings.

Modi, who was in Johannesburg to attend the BRICS Summit, met Xi for the third time in nearly three months on 26 July after their two-day informal summit in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late April and a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Qingdao, China in June.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping. Twitter/@MEAIndia

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping. Twitter/@MEAIndia

"It is important to maintain this momentum and for this we should, at our level, regularly review our relationship and give proper instructions whenever required," Modi told Xi in his opening remarks.

He told the Chinese leader that their recent meetings have given a new strength to bilateral ties and also provided new opportunities for cooperation.

President Xi said that the Chinese side is ready to work with the Indian side to carry forward the fresh impetus of bilateral relations since their informal meeting in Wuhan, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

He called on the two sides to strengthen strategic communication, increase mutual trust, promote practical cooperation, as well as cultural and people-to-people exchanges, strengthen dialogue and properly manage differences, it said.

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Updated Date: Jul 29, 2018 09:45:51 IST

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