FORTALEZA: India’s newly-elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi looked the picture of poise as he shook hands warmly with Chinese President Xi Jinping before sitting down for wide-ranging talks that mapped the pathways for intensifying multi-pronged interactions between the two Asian giants in the days to come.
The talks were wide-ranging and held in a warm and cordial atmosphere, reliable sources said after the talks held at the Grand Marquis Hotel July 14 in the Brazilian port city Fortaleza on the sidelines of the BRICS summit.
This was the first meeting between the leaders of Asia’s second and third largest economies.
The two leaders are understood to have discussed a wide gamut of bilateral, regional and global issues.
Prime Minister Modi is understood to have invited the Chinese president to visit India at an early date. The invitation was accepted, with Xi Jinping expected to pay his first state visit to India later this year, likely September/October.
Issues relating to maintenance of peace and tranquillity along the Line of Actual Control and addressing trade deficit through greater Chinese investment were among key issues that figured prominently in the talks.
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