Xi, Modi hold talks amid In­dia frus­tra­tions

The Myanmar Times - - World -

CHI­NESE Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi agreed dur­ing talks over the week­end to work to re­solve re­cent frus­tra­tions be­tween the re­gional rivals, an of­fi­cial said.

Meet­ing on the eve of a BRICS sum­mit of lead­ing emerg­ing na­tions, Mr Modi and Mr Xi agreed to fur­ther co­op­er­ate to com­bat “ter­ror­ism” and to work to re­duce In­dia’s gap­ing trade deficit with China.

But In­dian for­eign min­istry spokesper­son Vikas Swarup said there was no res­o­lu­tion on China’s de­ci­sion to block In­dia’s en­try to a nu­clear trade group.

In­dia wants to be­come a mem­ber of the 48-na­tion Nu­clear Sup­pli­ers Group (NSG) to get bet­ter ac­cess to low-cost, clean en­ergy which it says is im­por­tant for its growth.

But China has so far de­clined to back In­dia’s re­quest, say­ing it wants to wait un­til a con­sen­sus emerges at the group.

New Delhi was also frus­trated ear­lier this year when Bei­jing blocked its re­quest to add a Pak­istani mil­i­tant group chief to a UN sanc­tions black­list.

China en­joys close re­la­tions with Pak­istan and is pur­su­ing a slew of in­fra­struc­ture projects there.

Mr Modi is keen to se­cure Chi­nese fund­ing to ful­fil his elec­tion pledge to over­haul In­dia’s crum­bling rail­ways and other in­fra­struc­ture.

But the world’s two most pop­u­lous na­tions are jock­ey­ing for in­flu­ence in Asia and their re­la­tion­ship is coloured by ter­ri­to­rial dis­putes at both ends of the Hi­malayas.

They fought a bor­der war in 1962 over the north­east­ern state of Arunachal Pradesh, parts of which Bei­jing still claims as South Ti­bet.

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