Peace on border important for progress, PM Modi tells Xi

The talks come amid the worst Chinese incursion in years

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday it was important to have peace on both the countries' disputed border, as a stand-off between India-China troops at the frontier overshadowed key talks.

"I have said we need to solve the border disputes... we are clear that peace on the border is the basis of the relationship between the two nations," said Prime Minister Narendra Modi after formal talks with Xi.

“For peace and stability at the border, clarity on LAC is crucial and essential. I have expressed concern at the recent border incidents,” he said, adding, “The boundary question must be resolved at the earliest.”

Modi also expressed his gladness over development of industrial parks. “I am happy that China will build 2 industrial parks in India and in 5 years China will make an investment of $20 billion,” added Modi.

“There will be a new route to Kailash Mansarovar in order to make pilgrimage accessible by road and offers safer alternative,” the Prime Minister said.

“I have also expressed concern over China's visa policy and trans border rivers. An early resolution would enhance mutual trust,” he said.

( Source : dc )
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