Hangzhou: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Hangzhou amid differences between the two countries over a raft of issues, including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor which runs through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
The meeting was held this morning on the sidelines of G20 leaders summit at the Hangzhou West Lake State Guesthouse. The meeting between the two leaders comes in the backdrop of contentious issues including listing of Pakistan-based terrorist organisations in the UN, China stalling India's membership at the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
"Had a very good meeting with Xi Jinping," Modi tweeted after the meeting.
The two leaders had last met at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in June in Tashkent and again set to meet in Goa next month on the sidelines of BRICS summit.
China too has been concerned over the close ties of India with the US and the recently signed Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) which will give the militaries of both countries access to each other's facilities for supplies and repairs.
After his meeting with Xi Jinping, Modi attended the BRICS leaders' meeting. Speaking at the event , the PM invited all leaders to the BRICS Summit in Goa next month.
The Indian PM also met Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull. "PM Modi thanked PM Turnbull for Australia's continuous support for India's bid for NSG. The PM also said that a unified approach is needed to counter the scourge of terrorism," the MEA Twitter handle said. Modi also invited Turnbull to visit India next year.
Modi reached Hangzhou last night after concluding his two day visit in Hanoi. He will also have bilateral meeting with his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull and Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.
Apart from attending the G20 summit, Modi will also meet British Prime Minister Theresa May and Argentinian President Mauricio Macri in the second and concluding session of the G20, before returning to Delhi.
A meeting between Modi and US President Barack Obama is, however, not on the cards during this trip, officials said....