It is satisfactory to get a compliment from your peer, especially when the relationship is not a rosy one. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in China to attend G 20 summit, got such sweetener from Chinese President Xi Jinping as the latter praised his leadership and economic policies. Sino-India relationship has weathered a number of storms and both the countries have been at loggerheads over an array of issues, chiefly the border one and economic supremacy in the region.
The development comes in the backdrop of contentious issues including listing of Pakistan-based terrorist organisations in the UN, China stalling India’s membership at the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) even as the latest report shows India remains the fastest growing major economy, with China registering 6.7% growth during June quarter. Data released by the CSO shows India has registered a lower-than-expected growth of GDP, at 7.1% in the first quarter of the fiscal year
A meeting between the two leaders held on Sunday morning on the sidelines of G20 leaders summit. The two leaders had last met at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in June in Tashkent and again set to meet in Goa in October on the sidelines of BRICS summit.
Earlier, Chinese Foreign Minister and Special Envoy Wang Yi had conveyed a message from his President to Prime Minister Narendra Modi praising his leadership.
“Under your leadership, India will achieve greater development and progress. India and China are partners in long term strategic cooperation. Therefore, lets work together to achieve peaceful cooperation and inclusive development for the benefit of our two people and in the interest of peace, stability and prosperity in Asia and in the world,” said the message of the Chinese President Xi Jinping.