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

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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

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