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Heads of states attending 18th SCO summit in China

10 June 2018

During their meeting, which came almost six weeks after the Wuhan summit, the two leaders discussed a blueprint for deepening the bilateral relationship and reviewed the implementation of decisions they had taken in the central Chinese city.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday arrived in Qingdao where he would be attend the SCO Summit and hold bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The India-China bilateral trade reached $84.44 billion previous year, according to data of the Chinese General Administration of Customs in March. Indian pharmaceuticals are another potential item of export to China, he said.

Briefing the media on the Modi-Xi meeting, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said it was "very positive and forward looking" with both leaders lauding the spirit of the Wuhan summit. On Saturday, PM Modi also attended bilateral meetings with several heads of states, including Chinese President Xi Jinping in Qingdao. "He stated that it was a new starting point in our bilateral relationship".

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Regional security issues will also feature, because terrorism is the most severe security challenge facing the SCO, according to Liao Jinrong, head of the Chinese ministry of public security's global cooperation department. "Ties between our nations have their roots in history", Mr. Modi said in a tweet. We had detailed discussions on bilateral and global issues.

The two leaders also spoke about ensuring greater people-to-people contact, with Xi talking about the popularity of Indian films like Dangal, Bahubaali and Hindi Medium in China. The next Modi-Xi meeting would take place in South Africa in July on the sidelines of the BRICS summit, he said. "In that context a new people-to-people mechanism will be set up, headed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on the Indian side and by State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi".

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Luo said it was the 14th meeting between the two leaders over past four years.

The prime minister also met Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the president of Uzbekistan and discussed ways of deepening ties between the two countries.

Terrorism is the most severe security challenge the SCO faces.

The SCO leaders are also expected to review the situation in the Korean peninsula, Afghanistan and Syria. In the last one year since India became a full member of the SCO, our interaction with the Organization and its member States has grown considerably in these areas.

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"Increasing awareness of our shared cultures can help boost this number.We will organise a SCO food festival and a Buddhist festival in India", he said.

Heads of states attending 18th SCO summit in China