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Chennai connect to see new era in India-China cooperation

MAHABALIPURAM: PM Narendra Modi on Saturday reminded Chinese President Xi Jinping that no differences should be allowed to escalate as decided earlier in the context of China’s tough posturing on the Kashmir issue even as he announced Chennai connect on the lines of Wuhan spirit.

“Strategic communication between both nations have increased….we had promised that we will not let any dispute escalate and increase global interaction. Wuhan spirit has given our ties a new momentum and trust. Today, Chennai connect marks a new era in the relation between the two countries,” Modi said in his opening remarks at the beginning of delegation level talks with Xi on day two of the second edition of the informal summit.

“Tamil Nadu and the historical city of Chennai has served as an important cultural and commercial link between India and China. After Wuhan spirit, Chennai vision has started a new era of cooperation between the two countries, ” Modi said in his opening statement.

At delegation level talks the Chinese President also expressed his appreciation at the “heart-to”heart” discussion with Modi on Friday. “Yesterday Prime Minister as you said, you and I had engaged in candid conversations like friends, heart to heart discussions on bilateral relations. Yesterday Prime Minister as you said, you and I had engaged in candid conversations like friends, heart to heart discussions on bilateral relations.”

Earlier in the morning Modi and Xi held a fresh round of one-on-one discussion on Saturday at a beach resort overlooking the Bay of Bengal in Kovalam.

After around an hour-long talks at the Fisherman’s Cove resort, the two leaders took a stroll along the beach and were seen engaged.

On Friday, Modi and Xi five hour of discussion with focus on terrorism and radicalisation and bilateral trade deficit.

“This was quality time that the two leaders spent together one-on-one,” Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale had said after the meeting. The two discussed how radicalisation and terrorism should not be allowed to affect the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious societies of the two nations.

Source: Economic Times