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Narendra Modi in China updates: Will be happy to host 2019 summit in India, PM tells Xi Jinping
  • 12:18 (IST)

    WATCH: Narendra Modi leaves for New Delhi as Wuhan summit concludes

  • 12:14 (IST)

    Private menu card for Modi-Jinping lunch at Wuhan

    Sources told ANI that the menu card designed for the private lunch hosted for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Wuhan has colours of the Indian flag, along with the picture of national bird peacock. 

  • 12:13 (IST)

    'Reason to believe Wuhan meeting will help manage and control disputes'

    The overseas edition of the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily said in a front page commentary on Saturday “two great countries ought to have great cooperation”, and showed a large picture of the two leaders shaking hands.

    “There is reason to believe that this Wuhan meeting will increase mutual trust, manage and control disputes, deepen cooperation and lead to a new phase in China-India relations,” it said. - Reuters

  • 12:06 (IST)

    Both countries should expand communication, says Xi Jinping

    "Both China and India have a glorious history and culture, and the cultures of both countries have lots of connections and the two countries should expand communication and be dedicated to the revitalisation of Oriental civilisation," President Xi Jinping was quoted as saying by People's Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, as per a NDTV report.

  • 11:54 (IST)

    Trade, technology, films, terrorism discussed in Modi-Jinping talks

    "Co-operation on trade and technology and films, focus on people-to-people contact, discussed trade, tourism and climate change. Prime Minister Modi and President Xi also recognised the common threat posed by terrorism both reiterated their strong condemnation of a resolute opposition to terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Both committed to cooperate further in counter-terrorism", Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said.

  • 11:45 (IST)

    Chinese media splashes Wuhan summit on its front pages

  • 11:41 (IST)

    India, China to soon iron out details of joint economic project in Afghanistan

    In a move that could upset Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping have agreed to undertake a joint India-China economic project in Afghanistan at their first informal summit in Wuhan, official sources said. As per the understanding, officials of both sides will identify the project in following up discussions and work out modalities. 

  • 11:25 (IST)

    Visuals from Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping's boat ride in Wuhan

  • 11:20 (IST)

    Discussed ways to give impetus to economic ties, people-to-people relations, says Narendra Modi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared on Twitter the details of his Saturday talks with Chinese president Xi Jinping."The talks with Jinping focussed on diverse areas of India-China cooperation. We discussed ways to give impetus to our economic ties as well as people-to-people relations. Other areas we spoke about include agriculture, technology, energy and tourism," he said in a tweet.

  • 11:17 (IST)

    Discussed multiple aspects of bilateral ties between India-China, says Narendra Modi

    Sharing visuals from his walk by the East Lake with Chinese president Xi Jinping, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the two discussed multiple aspects of bilateral ties between India and China after they resumed their talks on Saturday.

  • 10:47 (IST)

    Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping discuss cultural promotion

    "Proposals forwarded by the prime minister included moving ahead to find ways to collaborate in terms of entertainment including films. President Xi said he has seen a number of Indian and it would be a good idea to expand this. More Indian films should come to China and vice-versa," Gokhale said. 

  • 10:37 (IST)

    Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping agree to strengthen strategic commmunication

    "Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping agreed to strengthen greater strategic communication between the two sides," said Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale. 

  • 10:34 (IST)

    WATCH: Modi, Xi Jinping agree to undertake joint economic project in Afghanistan

  • 10:32 (IST)

    Modi, Xi to issue strategic guidance to their militaries

    "The two leaders will issue strategic guidance to their militaries to strengthen communications and to build trust and understanding," said Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale. 

  • 10:27 (IST)

    India, China to participate in joint economic project in Afghanistan

    ANI and CNN-News18 quoted sources as saying that India and China are likely to venture into a joint economic project in Afghanistan.

  • 10:25 (IST)

    Both leaders discuss bilateral relations, boundary issue, trade, tourism

    During a press briefing, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said the two leaders discussed overarching issues and bilateral relations. "The two leaders agreed that India and China are major powers and will pursue peaceful, balanced relations which will be important among current global uncertainty," he said. 

    Speaking on trade, Gokhale said, "The leaders agreed trade should be balanced and sustainable. The prime minister spoke of agricultural exports to China."

  • 10:16 (IST)

    'Modi, Xi recognise common threat of terrorism'

    Addresing a press briefing in Wuhan on Saturday, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said that Prime Narendra Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping expressed their strong opposition to terrorism. "The prime minister and President Xi also recognised the common threat posed by terrorism. Both reiterated their strong condemnation of a resolute opposition to terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Both committed to cooperate further in counter-terrorism," he said. 

  • 10:14 (IST)

    'Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping held four one-to-one meetings'

    "There were six events, of which four of them were one-to-one meeting, with a restricted meeting on Friday. No agreeements were signed," said Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale.

  • 10:09 (IST)

    India, China agree informal summit can lead to more candid communication

    Both India and China agreed that informal Wuhan summit will lead to a more candid and free communication between the two nations. "We need to strengthen strategic communication and mutual understanding. We commit to create an open, multipolar and pluralistic society," said Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale. 

  • 10:07 (IST)

    Modi, Xi endorse work of special representatives to resolve boundary issue

    On the issue of India-China boundary question, the two leaders, Narendra Modi & Xi Jinping, endorsed work of the special representative to find a fair and mutual settlement, said Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale.

  • 09:59 (IST)

    Modi, Jinping concur it is important to maintain peace alongside borders

    On the Doka La and boundary issue between India and China, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping agreed that they were happy with the approach taken by their representatives. "They find it to be a fair and reasonable approach. They agreed it is important to maintain peace alongside borders and decided to issue strategic guidelines to their military to this effect," Gokahale said at a media briefing. 

  • 09:43 (IST)

    Modi to visit China again in June

    The first informal summit in Wuhan between Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping is set to conclude on Saturday with a one-on-one lunch with the Chinese president. This marks the fourth visit of Modi to China after he came to power in 2014. He is due to visit the country again to take part in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit to be held at Qingdao city on 9-10 June.

  • 09:33 (IST)

    WATCH: Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping during boat ride on East Lake

  • 09:30 (IST)

    Does hosting informal summit in Wuhan hold any political significance?
    Wuhan, located on the banks of Central China's Hubei province, is a commercial centre divided by the Yangtze and Han rivers. It is the most populous city in central China.
    Besides containing many lakes and parks, including expansive, picturesque East Lake, the city also has the famous villa of China's ruling Communist Party founder Mao Zedong, where he hosted many foreign leaders.
    However, the Chinese foreign ministry earlier dismissed claims there was any political significance in choosing it as a location for the meeting. While there are a wide range of cities "we can choose from, we don't have any particular consideration for choosing Wuhan" as the venue for the meeting, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang had earlier said. - PTI

  • 09:24 (IST)

    RECAP: Will be happy to host summit next year, says Modi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday told President Xi jinping that he will be happy to host the next informal summit in India next year. 

  • 09:18 (IST)

    WATCH: Modi, Jinping have tea near East Lake

    Chinese president Xi Jinping hosted a tea ceremony for Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday near the East Lake, before their boat ride on the lake. 

  • 09:11 (IST)

    Visuals from Modi, Jinping's walk around East Lake in Wuhan

  • 09:03 (IST)

    Modi to return to India after lunch with Xi Jinping

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to have a one-on-one lunch with Chinese president Xi Jinping, after which he will return to India. 

  • 09:02 (IST)

    WATCH: Narendra Modi treated to rendition of Hindi song 'Tu Tu Hai Wohi'

    During a guided tour of the Hubei Provincial Museum on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was treated to a rendition of the 1982 song 'Tu Tu Hai Wohi' from the movie Yeh Vaada Raha.

  • 08:48 (IST)

    Vijay Gokhale to brief media at 10 am

    According to News18, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale will brief the media at 10 am about Modi's visit to Wuhan to "solidify" bilateral relations between India and China. The two leaders are set to conclude the two-day informal Wuhan summit today, seen as  an effort to rejuvenate ties that were marred by the 72-day long Doka La standoff last year. 

  • 08:43 (IST)

    WATCH: Modi, Jinping go on a boat ride 

    After taking a walk near the East Lake, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping are taking a boat ride. It is expected to be an hour-long ride aboard the double-decker boat. 

  • 08:38 (IST)

    Narendra Modi begins Day 2 of the informal summit in China

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has begun Day 2 of his informal Wuhan summit with Chinese president Xi Jinping with a walk around the famous East Lake.

  • 08:37 (IST)

    Updates for 28 April, 2018 begin here

  • 08:30 (IST)

    Watch: Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping begin 2nd day 'heart-to-heart' summit in Wuhan

  • 08:29 (IST)

    Updates begin for 28 April, Saturday

  • 17:30 (IST)

    People of India are proud that Chinese President Xi has gone out of his way to receive him twice, tweets MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar 

  • 17:20 (IST)

    Willing to use consensus of leaders to increase mutual trust between nations: PLA

    As Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping held an informal summit in Wuhan, China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) struck a positive note about China-India ties, reports Economic Times

    "Although the relations between the two militaries still face some difficulties and obstacles, we are willing to use the important consensus of the leaders of the two countries as guidelines to deepen our understanding, increase mutual trust, make proper differences, and continuously accumulate the positive energy of the healthy and stable development of the relations between the two militaries," PLA's Senior Colonel Wu Qian said to the media. 

    "It is the common wish of both peoples to stabilize the relations between the Chinese and Indian armed forces and maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas,"  Wu added. 

  • 16:50 (IST)

    Modi stresses on both nations' past glory but that is a tricky terrain 

    In calling for joint global leadership, prime minister Modi stressed on the fact that both nations represent 40 percent of the global population. Improving their lot would automatically have a positive global effect. "We have the responsibility to work for 40 percent of the world population, this means trying to successfully get the world rid of many problems. To work together towards this is a big opportunity for us," he said, according to reports. 

    Modi also pointed out that for 1,600 years, India and China had led global economy. He also stressed on other areas of convergence, such as the dovetailing of 'New India' and 'New Era with Chinese characteristics". According to him, if both countries work towards this joint vision, then it would benefit the entire world and cement Sino-Indian global leadership status.

    Using the past as a template to remodel the future is a recurrent theme for both Modi and Xi. Both leaders believe that it is incumbent upon them to restore their civilisational status as power centres. While this may present a tangible goal, such revisionism may bring its own set of problems. India would know better than most how such revisionism results in assertive behaviour and how it poses problems for the neighbours. 

  • 16:24 (IST)

    Not just China, we want to be friendly with every neighbouring country, says Rajnath Singh 

    "It is not just China, we want to be friendly with every neighbouring country. Our prime minister has been doing everything he can so that our relationship with neighbours becomes better," Home Minister Rajnath Singh said to ANI

  • 16:22 (IST)

    America's protectionist policy is not a good news for India and China, nations need to prioritize development, says analyst

    The rendezvous between Modi and Xi at the heart of China was a sign enough that the two countries were willing for a new start in their tense relationship. 

    "It is an important meeting between both the leaders. Development is the most important topic for the leaders of these two countries," Long Xingchun, Director of the Centre for Indian Studies at China West Normal University, told IANS.

    "India can achieve its goal and become a global power in the world with the help of China. China is rich and stronger than India but we also have so many domestic problems to deal with. "The two countries need to prioritize development. Now, America's protectionist policy is not a good news for India and China," Long said. —IANS

  • 16:11 (IST)

    Modi lays stress on joint global leadership based on new 'Panchsheel' 

    In the opening statements of the delegation-level talks, Modi laid clear emphasis on the global leadership role for both nations whom he described as "two major powers". The Indian prime minister also floated his own five-point (Panchsheel) agenda for the bilateral relationship that, he said, will be dependent on shared vision, better communication, strong relationship, shared thought process and shared resolve.

    This path, he posited, will be enough to bring global peace, stability and prosperity. What's immediately is apparent is that Modi is using the summit to not only normalise relationship after the Doka La setback but also laying the roadmap for global leadership based on the convergence of aims and goals. Modi also sought to make the informal summit an annual affair and invited Xi for the next chapter in India. 

  • 16:06 (IST)

    MEA shares document on history of India-China bilateral ties

  • 16:01 (IST)

    Happy if we can have next informal summit in India: PM

    "I hope such informal summits become a tradition between both nations. I will be happy if, in 2019, we can have such an informal summit in India," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Hubei 

  • 15:59 (IST)

    Watch delegation-level talks between Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping in Hubei here: 

  • 15:55 (IST)

    World peace is important for both India and China: PM

    "China talks about a new era and I am working for a new India. World peace is important and both India and China have to work for the same and make all possible contributions," Modi said during delegation-level talks in Hubei. 

    "The five positive elements of this relationship are thought, communication, support, commitment and shared vision. These can be the basis for world peace and stability," he also said at the talks, according to News18

  • 15:49 (IST)

    Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping hold delegation-level talks in Hubei, PM thanks Jinping for 'grand welcome'

    "I am thankful to Chinese President Xi Jinping for the grand welcome and the fruitful talks," Narendra Modi said during delegation-level talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Hubei. "The people of India feel really proud that I'm the first prime minister of India, for whom, you (Chinese president) have come out of the capital twice to receive me," he added about the welcome. 

    "We represent over 40 percent of the world population, so this is a meet between two major world players," Modi said about the importance of the summit between the two leaders. "The economies of India and China have given shape to the global economy for 1,600 years," he added.

  • 15:40 (IST)

    Good beginning is half the job done

    Wuhan and its importance in the history of Chinese culture became the first topic of discussion as Xi sat down with Modi at the Wuhan museum in Hubei province. On XI's indication that he had set the meeting in Wuhan since PM Modi had previously not visited the place, Modi pointed out that he had visited the Hubei province as part of a study tour during his tenure as Gujarat chief minister. 

    "When I was the CM of Gujarat, I had the opportunity to visit this province. I had heard a lot about the Three Gorges Dam. The speed with which you constructed it and the scale inspired me. So I came on a study tour, spent a day at the dam: PM Modi to President Xi Jinping", he told Xi, according to ANI

    These are opening remarks and it is obvious that the meaty part of the discussions will be held off camera. But at the same time, the exchange gives us an insight into the way these apparently non-structured talks would be structured. Xi clearly tried to play the attentive host, and Modi returned the compliment with interest. This is important, because beyond civility, the personal chemistry of leaders will set the course of informal talks. A good beginning is half the job done. 

  • 15:37 (IST)

    PM Modi tweets about meet with  Xi Jinping in Wuhan 

    "Furthering India-China cooperation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping meet in Wuhan," the PMOIndia account tweeted about the summit. 

  • 15:34 (IST)

    Expect honest assessment of ties as leaders begin "informal" interaction

    The note of "informality" was set as soon as prime minister Modi stepped into the East Lake Guest House on Friday afternoon where president Xi was waiting for him. A firm handshake before the waiting media later, both leaders paused to appreciate a dance performance by a local troupe. Modi and Xi seemed relaxed in their interaction.

    The two leaders then sat across the table to inaugurate the talks, accompanied only by their interpreters. The entire setup was "carefully casual", and it was hard to escape the well-rehearsed steps. This would also be the underlying theme of talks, where under the garb of relaxed atmosphere, both leaders may engage in honest assessment of ties. 

  • 15:30 (IST)

    Xi Jinping with Narendra Modi on a tour of the exhibition of Marquis Yi of Zeng Cultural Relics and Treasure displayed at the Hubei Provincial Museum, in Wuhan 

Narendra Modi in China LIVE updates: Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping held delegation-level talks between in Hubei. The meeting of delegations comprised one plus six on each side.

"I hope such informal summits become a tradition between both nations. I will be happy if, in 2019, we can have such an informal summit in India," Modi said in Hubei.

"China talks about a new era and I am working for a new India. World peace is important and both India and China have to work for the same and make all possible contributions," Modi said during delegation-level talks.

"The five positive elements of this relationship are thought, communication, support, commitment and shared vision. These can be the basis for world peace and stability," he also said at the talks.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi lashed out at Prime Minister Rahul Gandhi over his "no agenda" meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping.

During the one-on-one informal meeting, Modi told Jinping that he visited Wuhan when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. Modi's two day visit to China will promote free trade, strengthen unity among developing countries, and uphold the principles of equity and justice: Chinese Ambassador to India. The tour will get a tour of ancient Chinese artifacts at the Hubei Provincial Museum, followed by what is scheduled to be a 40-minute meeting with Xi and then dinner, according to the external affairs ministry.

Modi is likely to hold one-on-one talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at 3.30 pm Chinese Standard TimeHis visit for the 'heart-to-heart' summit his fourth to China since he came to power in 2014.

A one-on-one meeting, a tour of one of the best known museums of China, dinner by a picturesque lake side followed by talks with top officials would mark the two-day unprecedented informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping beginning in Wuhan on Friday.

Billed as 'heart-to-heart' summit aimed at evolving consensus between the two leaders to look for solutions to some of the most contentious issues including the border dispute bedevilling the two countries, Modi and Xi will begin their marathon one-on-one talks after lunch on Friday.

They will initially visit the Hubei Provincial Museum which has a large number of state-level historic and cultural relics.

It will be followed by talks between the two leaders accompanied by six top officials from each side.

The two will have one-on-one dinner at the famous East Lake, a favourite holiday destination of China's revolutionary leader Mao Zedong.

On Saturday, they will resume their one-on-one interaction at 10 am (local time) with walks by the lake side, boat ride and wind up their talks over lunch, official sources told PTI.

The two leaders began their informal meetings way back in 2014 when Xi was hosted by Modi at the Sabarmati Ashram of Mahatma Gandhi in Gujarat. They have met and interacted with each other in about a dozen international meetings since then.

But this will be their "heart-to-heart" informal summit. There will be no agreement signed or a joint statement issued.

It is a summit, according to the officials, to forge consensus to resolve the issues with follow up actions by officials than announcing any agreements. This is something the leaders of the two countries have never tried so far, they said.

The two leaders would spend most of time interacting with each other only accompanied by translators with one-on-one conversations focussing on global, regional and bilateral issues.

The summit is being seen as an effort by India and China to rebuild trust and improve ties that were hit by the 73-day-long Dokalam standoff in 2017.

The famous East Lake where the two leaders would spend most of the time was a favourite holiday spot for Mao. The picturesque garden adjacent to the mighty Yangtze river is also where Mao used to enjoy his favourite pastime swimming.

The place has iconic holiday villa of Mao, which is now a memorial where Xi is expected to take Modi round.

At the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad and its surroundings, Modi was Xi's guide to introduce the essence of Gandhian thought, including his iconic Charkha where the Chinese leader, who has emerged as the powerful leader of the country with an unlimited tenure, tried his hand to operate Gandhiji's most cherished symbol. It is now Xi's turn at Wuhan.

The details of the informal summit was not disclosed but officials said it included walks by the two leaders in the East Lake where they will have a boat ride and take walks just accompanied by their translators.

In a pre-departure statement, Modi said he and Xi will review the developments in India-China relations from a strategic and long-term perspective.

"President Xi and I will exchange views on a range of issues of bilateral and global importance. We will discuss our respective visions and priorities for national development, particularly in the context of current and future international situation," Modi said.

Modi will have relaxed meetings with Xi on Friday and the day after, which officials say could become a game-changer if they manage to reach consensus on finding the solution to the problems, including the way forward to resolve the boundary dispute and other vexed issues that bedevilled the ties.

Ahead of the summit, China said the arrangements being made for Modi's stay in Wuhan would go beyond the expectations of the Indian side and the informal summit could be a new starting point.

"This kind of one-on-one is not often seen in other countries," Chinese vice foreign minister Kong Xuanyou told the media this week.

"The two leaders will spend two days in Wuhan. In these two days, they will engage with each other on various forums. What I can tell you is that they will spend a lot of time together one-on-one," he said.

The two leaders will have strategic communication on the major changes in the international landscape unseen in more than 100 years, Kong said in an apparent reference to major changes taking place following US president Donald Trump's aggressive 'America First' policy threatening to undermine the process of globalisation under which India and China are the biggest beneficiaries.

They will have in-depth exchange of views on the issues of overarching long-term and strategic importance in the bilateral relations, Kong said.

Conceived on the lines of the 1988 ice-breaking visit to China undertaken by the then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and his far-reaching talks with China's paramount leader Deng Xiaoping setting a new tone for the relations post-1962 war, Xi-Modi dialogue at Wuhan was aimed at a working a new paradigm for the bilateral relations for the next 15 years, Indian officials said.

It is a leadership driven summit providing a leadership driven direction and a way forward to more stable bilateral ties, they added.

This will be fourth visit of Modi to China after he came to power in 2014. He is again due to visit China to take part in the SCO summit to be held at Qingdao city on 9-10 June.

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Updated Date: Apr 28, 2018 12:18:20 IST

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