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Modi meets Xi, calls for respecting each other's core concerns




 Prime Minister Narendra Modi today underscored the need to respect each other's "core concerns" and appropriately handle the disputes as he held "cordial" talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping amid tensions in ties over a host of issues including the CPEC and India's NSG bid.

      The two leaders met in the Kazakh capital, Astana, on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit. It is their first meeting after India boycotted the high-profile Belt and Road Forum held in Beijing last month in which 29 world leaders took part.

      During the meeting, Modi said the two sides should tap their potential in cooperation, strengthen communication and coordination in international affairs, respect each other's core concerns and appropriately handle their disputes.

      The Indian side is grateful for China's support for India's accession to the SCO and will work closely with China in the organisation, Modi said.

      Giving broad outcome of the meeting, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said the broad thrust of it was that at the time of global uncertainty, India-China relations are a factor of stability and as the world becomes more multi-polar it was important for the two countries to work together more closely.

      "There was an understanding that where we have differences, it is important that differences should not become disputes and in fact if they were handled well, could even be opportunities," Jaishankar told reporters describing the meeting as "cordial" and "very positive".

      Jaishankar said Modi and Xi also deliberated on defence exchanges, counter-terrorism cooperation and security cooperation. He said issues relating to trade and investment were a major highlight.

          "Entire spectrum of bilateral cooperation was discussed," said Jaishankar.






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