Modi tells Xi relations are stable, differences manageable

MAMALLAPURAM, India (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday told visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping that their relations have attained stability and fresh momentum in the past year and they would manage their differences prudently by not allowing them to become a dispute.

Modi said both countries have decided to be sensitive to each other’s concerns as he and Xi sat down for delegation-level talks yesterday in the seaside temple town of Mamallapuram.

They were meeting at a time of tensions over Beijing’s support for India’s rival Pakistan in opposing New Delhi’s downgrading of Kashmir’s semi-autonomy and continuing restrictions in the region.

Without going into details, Xi said in his opening remarks that he had candid and in-depth discussions with Modi on various issues since his arrival on Friday.

India’s foreign ministry said Xi and Modi met over dinner for more than two hours on Friday.

Modi and Xi resolved to work together in facing the challenges of radicalisation and terrorism besides emphasising on expanding trade and investment, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale told reporters.

There was an acknowledgement that both India and China were “very complex and very diverse countries” and both would work together so that radicalisation and terrorism did not affect their multicultural, multiethnic and multireligious societies, Gokhale said. He did not give details.