Xi doesn’t raise Kashmir with Modi as they seek to reset ties Chennai Connect: ‘Elephant, Dragon Have A Tango’
Briefs PM On Imran Visit, But Nothing More
Mamallapuram: The developments in Kashmir related to New Delhi’s decision to do away with J&K’s special status were “neither raised nor discussed” during the Modi-Xi summit here as both leaders looked to effect a major reset in relations between the world’s two most populous nations.
Briefing the media after the summit, foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale said PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping had covered a wide range of topics in the six hours of direct discussions but there was no mention of Kashmir. “The issue was not raised and not discussed. Our position is anyways very clear that this is an internal matter
of India,” he said.
Asked about China’s references to Pakistan ahead of the summit, Gokhale said Xi briefed Modi about Pakistan
After the Wuhan Spirit, it was the Chennai Connect as Modi and Xi wrapped up the second informal summit, reports Indrani Bagchi. They spent six hours together in direct discussions with an additional delegation-level talks. Chinese envoy to India Sun Weidong tweeted, “Dragon and Elephant have a tango.” Terror as a global threat came up for discussion. The two sides will set up a high-level mechanism that will look at trade, investment and services. Xi called for “careful handling of issues involving each other’s core interests, improve military security exchanges & cooperation.” P 13
After candid and heart-to-heart chats, PM Modi presents the Chinese president a hand-woven silk portrait in Mamallapuram on Saturday