scorecardresearch
Follow Us:
Friday, September 24, 2021

SCO Summit: Six weeks after Wuhan, Modi, Xi meet again; pacts signed amid talk on bilateral issues

This is the first time India is participating in the summit as a full-time member of the SCO. India, along with Pakistan, became full-time members during the 2017 summit in Kazakhstan.

Written by Zeeshan Shaikh | Qingdao |
Updated: June 9, 2018 9:19:31 pm
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Qingdao, China, on Saturday. (Twitter/@MEAIndia) Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Qingdao, China, on Saturday. (Twitter/@MEAIndia)

Building on the momentum from the informal summit in the Chinese city of Wuhan six weeks ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit.

Of the two bilateral agreements signed at Qingdao, the city in Shandong province on the east coast of India, one would allow India to export non-Basmati rice to China. Beijing had earlier been denying access to non-Basmati rice, claiming that it failed to meet its norms. LIVE UPDATES

India is the world’s largest rice exporter but sends a minuscule amount to China, which imports nearly five million tonnes annually for domestic consumption. China has been stating that rice from India does not meet its “phyto-sanitary” concerns.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being welcomed on his arrival at Qingdao, China on Saturday. (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi being welcomed on his arrival at Qingdao, China on Saturday. (PTI)

The other agreement was on sharing hydrological data on the Brahmaputra. The Brahmaputra originates from Tibet and flows into Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. For India, hydrological data is helpful in preparing for floods in the Northeast. Under a previous agreement, Beijing is supposed to share the river data, but it stopped last year after the two armies had a 73-day faceoff at Doklam in the eastern sector.

Read | Narendra Modi in China: Top 10 takeaways from today’s bilateral meetings

The two sides also held discussions on other bilateral issues affecting the two countries.

“Met this year’s SCO host, President Xi Jinping, this evening. We had detailed discussions on bilateral and global issues. Our talks will add further vigour to the India-China friendship,” Modi said in a tweet.

The SCO Summit is scheduled to take place on Sunday, with talks expected to focus on terrorism and security.

This is the first time India is participating in the summit as a full-time member of the SCO. India, along with Pakistan, became full-time members during the 2017 summit in Kazakhstan.

Modi is on a two-day visit to China, as part of which he will hold multiple meetings with other SCO leaders.

After the deliberations, the member-countries, including Russia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, are expected to sign the Qingdao Declaration that will contain details for creating significant mechanisms to resist terror activities around the globe.

📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App.

  • The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.
0 Comment(s) *
* The moderation of comments is automated and not cleared manually by indianexpress.com.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
X