Xi urges Modi to prioritize bilateral interests and manage the border issue appropriately.

In the early hours of Friday, China’s Foreign Ministry released a statement detailing the outcome of talks between President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The discussion, which took place on Wednesday during the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg, revolved around the need for both nations to consider the broader interests of their relationship and effectively manage the border issue.

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It was emphasized that the meeting was initiated at the request of Prime Minister Modi.Though neither side had publicly acknowledged the meeting on Wednesday, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra revealed on Thursday that both leaders had agreed to escalate efforts toward the disengagement of troops and the reduction of tensions along the Line of Actual Control. This decision was reached following a conversation between the two leaders. While Prime Minister Modi and President Xi had briefly conversed about stabilizing the Line of Actual Control (LAC) during the Bali G20 summit dinner the previous year, this recent exchange marked the first extensive discussion between the leaders on resolving the issue in three years.

This conversation possibly signifies a thaw in relations that have remained uncertain.According to Mr. Kwatra, Prime Minister Modi conveyed India’s concerns regarding unresolved matters along the LAC in the western sector of the India-China border areas. As a result of the talks, the leaders decided to direct relevant officials to intensify efforts aimed at expedited disengagement and de-escalation. Military commanders from both sides had been negotiating the terms of disengagement in the Demchok and Depsang friction areas over the past few days.

The statement released by Beijing early on Friday provided limited details about the discussions, indicating that the two leaders had engaged in a candid and comprehensive exchange of perspectives on the current state of China-India relations, as well as other topics of mutual interest. It was highlighted that the talks were initiated at the request of Prime Minister Modi.President Xi emphasized the importance of enhancing China-India relations for the mutual benefit of both nations and their people. He also noted that stronger bilateral ties contribute to global and regional peace, stability, and development. The statement emphasized President Xi’s position that the two countries should consider the broader interests of their relationship and effectively address the border issue to jointly ensure peace and tranquility in the border region.

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