Feels great to hear Indian music on foreign soil: PM Modi

Modi in China LIVE UPDATES The two leaders met at a lakeside resort in central China on Friday

According to sources, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed to work together on an economic project in Afghanistan to show that both nations can also cooperate and unite together in a third country should the need arise.

PM Modi was seen off by Chinese Vice Foreign Minister, Kong Xuanyou and Chinese Ambassador to India, Luo Zhaohui and other officials at Wuhan airport.

Modi and Xi have chose to issue "strategic guidance" to their militaries to strengthen communications to build trust and understanding, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said today, a move aimed at avoiding a Dokalam-like situation in the future.

The visit was viewed as an important step towards building mutual trust ever since New Delhi and Beijing were locked in a tussle over Doklam, where a military standoff lasting 73 days had put a strain on the same.

"The development of a sound bilateral relationship between two countries which have about 40 percent of the world's population will also be conducive for the development and prosperity of the region", Gokhale said.

"Both leaders also talked about the importance of a balanced and sustainable trade ties between India, China".

"They issued strategic guidance to their respective militaries to strengthen communication in order to build trust and mutual understanding and enhance predictability and effectiveness in the management of border affairs", it said, adding the two sides will "earnestly implement various confidence building measures".

India has pledged over United States dollars two billion on a wide array of reconstruction projects that range from building roads and dams to constructing the building of the Afghan parliament and a slew of grassroots projects. "Positive communication among great powers has injected positive factors into regional and world peace and stability", he said.

India and China agreed on a number of issues during the Wuhan meeting which had no fixed agenda and touched upon issues that the two leaders thought about freely. This will be the first such project in the war-ravaged country by India and China.

"We must firmly focus on development, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, and jointly realize national rejuvenation to create a stable and prosperous Asia", Xi said.

"And the two leaders also underscored that in the meantime it is important to maintain peace and tranquillity in all areas of the India-China border region", Gokhale said.

India and China have a long-standing border issue.

Today, the two leaders walked along the banks of East Lake and also took a boat ride together as they chose to step up their personal rapport to add heft at the highest levels to try and fix a relationship that reached its lowest ebb past year during the 73-day military standoff in Doklam.

In an interview with Xinhua, Volkhonsky said addressing global development issues without the participation of China and India is simply impossible.

The report stressed that resolving border disputes is not an urgent task of the two countries.

From June to August previous year, a 72-day military standoff happened between Chinese and Indian troops in Doklam, and was close to war.

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