India keeps off SCO joint communique backing China's OBOR project

Marsha Scott
April 25, 2018

The vice president appreciated Pakistan's active participation in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and said he looked forward to President Mamnoon Hussain's attendance at the SCO Qingdao Summit to be held in June 2018. Meanwhile, sources in New Delhi said Modi and Xi would interact in a format of freewheeling exchanges, with strategic conversation to understand each other's perspective on national and worldwide matters.

"This time, the two sides have made a decision to hold the informal summit between the two leaders".

"At the informal summit, the two leaders will have heart-to-heart discussions on overarching issues and try to build mutual trust and consensus to resolve outstanding differences", Kong said. Xi is also extending Modi the rare honour of a meeting outside of Beijing, which nearly never happens unless there is a multilateral summit taking place.

"It will be an important occasion for them (Modi and Xi) to exchange views on bilateral and worldwide matters, from an overarching and long-term perspective with the objective of enhancing mutual communication", Swaraj said. "They will also exchange views on overall, long-term and strategic matters concerning the future of China-India relations". "The events of a year ago reflect the somewhat lack of mutual interest between the two countries". That was a time when India and China actually reopened relations after a two-decade deep freeze and a face-off in Sumdurong Chu that could have become very ugly.

China has encouraged Central Asian countries to play a bigger role in regional affairs as part of the SCO.

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The figures by the commerce ministry also noted both Chinese and Indian companies have deepened investment in each other's countries. "Some arrangements will go beyond even the expectations of the Indian side", he observed. By all indications, the two leaders will not allow themselves to be bogged down by specifics and irritants. "I should be able to understand Chinese when you speak, and you should be able to understand Hindi when I talk", Swaraj said.

"So in this contest, both Indian and Chinese sides thought about the new format".

The move toward rapprochement was facilitated by a meeting between Xi and PM Modi last September, when they held their first talks since defusing a border stand-off in remote region between India, Bhutan and China's Tibet region.

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