Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held delegation level talks on sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit. This was the first meeting of both leaders since India skipped Belt and Road summit in Beijing last month an Indian Express report said. India did not take part in the meeting in protest against the the China Pakistan Economic Corridor which run through through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK)
During the meeting, PM Narendra Modi thanked China for its support for India’s SCO membership. “Got the opportunity to meet you again during SCO summit, grateful to you for your efforts and support for India’s SCO membership”, he was quoted as saying by ANI.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached the Kazakh capital on a two-day visit to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit. “PM @narendramodi meets President of China #XiJinping on margins of SCO Summit in Astana,” Gopal Baglay, the Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson, was quoted as saying by PTI.
The meeting between both leaders assumed significance as this took place after India boycotted Belt and Road Forum held in Beiing in May in which as many as 29 world leaders took part. India did not take part in the summit, to highlight its concerns over $50 billion CPEC which is part of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and passes through Gilgit and Baltistan in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), the agency report said.
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“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 before the meeting by the paper. All SCO members have, in principle, agreed to the OBOR concept, aggressively pushed by the Chinese side.