SCO summit: Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Friday spoke about the Indo-China talks at the SCO summit and said that the meeting with the Chinese officials had been cordial and positive. He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had thanked Chinese President Xi Jinping for his support that made India’s accession to SCO possible. He said that at a time of global uncertainty, Indo-China relations were a factor of stability and it was important for both countries to work together. He added that India and China both had differences with each other but these problems should not become disputes and if they were handled well, they could become opportunities as well.
Earlier in the day, PM Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping had been part of delegation level talks on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit. This was the first meeting between the two leaders since India had skipped the Belt and Road summit in Beijing in May 2017. The reason for skipping the important meeting was reported to be the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor that ran through the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). ANI also quoted PM Modi thanking the Chinese govt for their support. “Got the opportunity to meet you again during SCO summit, grateful to you for your efforts and support for India’s SCO membership,” he said.
The meeting between both the leaders held a lot of significance due to its close proximity to India’s boycott of the Belt and Road Forum, which at least 29 world leaders had attended. “We are not part of the discussions before the entry, so we cannot provide any input into the Astana Declaration, nor put a veto on any element,” an India government was quoted as saying . All previous SCO members have, in principle, agreed to the OBOR concept, aggressively pushed by the Chinese side.