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Modi, Xi avoid discussing Kashmir, agree to set up mechanism to review trade


Mamallapuram,Tamil Nadu, Oct 12 (GCCurrentAffairs) India and China at the end of two-day long Informal Summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday decided to enhance cooperation and announced setting up a high level mechanism to discuss trade related matters.

Briefing reporters at the end of the Summit – which was largely perceived to have been overshadowed by developments in Kashmir, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, however, said the vexed Kashmir issue was not raised during the two-day parleys between two leaders.

“There was a good discussion on trade….,” he said adding on this President Xi Jinping has assured that “China is ready to take sincere actions” in this regard.

A high-level mechanism will be set up to take up trade matters, he said adding Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will be part of it alongside Vice Premier of China.

On the Kashmir issue in reply to a question, Foreign Secretary said: “I would like to state categorically that this issue (Kashmir) was not raised and not discussed. And therefore, there is no question of my making any further comments on the matter”.

President Xi invited the Prime Minister for the third Informal Summit to be hosted in China next year and Mr Modi has ‘accepted’ the invite, he said.

The Chinese side also invited Defence Minister Rajnath Singh for an official visit to boost ties between the two countries.

Via UNI-India

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