Xi, Modi hold talks amid India frustrations
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.