Vastavam web: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Chinese President Xi Jinping to an informal summit next year as he began an ice-breaking visit to China on Friday in which the giant neighbours are seeking to re-set troubled ties.Modi is spending only about 24 hours in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, just months after a dispute over a stretch of their high-altitude Himalayan border rekindled fears of war between the Asian nations.
“I hope such informal summits becomes a tradition between both the countries. I’ll be happy, if in 2019 we can have such an informal summit in India,” Modi said, in comments broadcast in a media centre for reporters in Wuhan.“China and India are both important engines for global growth and we are central pillars for promoting a multi-polar and globalised world. A good China-India relationship is an important and positive factor for maintaining peace and stability in the world,” he added.
Modi said that as India and China represented 40 percent of the world’s population, they needed to try to work together to tackle global problems.Stressing the importance of world peace, Modi said both nations have to “make all possible contributions”.“The fact he (Xi) showed him around the museum was a special gesture on his part,” the official added.
But despite the rhetoric on Friday, the nations’ differences are significant.As well as disputes over stretches of a 3,500 km (2,200 miles) border, they are bumping up against each other in the Indian Ocean and squabbling over Xi’s signature Belt and Road infrastructure initiative.India has long been suspicious of China’s traditionally close ties with Pakistan.For its part, China has been concerned about U.S. efforts to draw India into a maritime “quad” of democracies, including Japan and Australia.