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Modi, Xi agree to work together under guidance from ‘Panchsheel’ treaty

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Xiamen: Both India and China today agreed to work together for peace and stability in Asia under guidance from the five principles of the ‘Panchsheel’ Treaty.

The two sides made these remarks during a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit at the International Conference Centre, Xiamen.

PM Modi, who is in Chinese town of Xiamen attending the 9th BRICS Summit, met Chinese President Xi Jinping. It was the first bilateral meeting between the leaders of the two neighbouring nations after the over 70-day Doklam border standoff.

During the hour-long meeting, Jinping told Modi that China is prepared to work with India to seek guidance from the five principles of the Panchsheel Treaty signed between 1954.

“The discussions were very constructive on where the relationship should be going and will be going,” Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar told media after the meeting, describing the meeting as “forward-looking” and constructive.

PM Modi and President Xi had met informally at the G20 summit in Germany in July, but their last bilateral talks were in June this year, when they met in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, during the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

After the BRICS Summit, PM Modi will travel to Myanmar today on a bilateral visit. The trip includes a visit to the historic city of Bagan and Yangon. He will also interact with the Indian community in the country.

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