Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on April 28, 2018 highlighted the importance of maintaining peace along the India-China border. Both the sides pledged to issue strategic guidance to their militaries to strengthen communications and to build trust and understanding.
Keeping the Doklam Standoff in mind, both the leaders also decided to issue guidance to their militaries to implement various confidence-building measures to strengthen the existing institutional mechanisms, thus, preventing and managing the situations in the border areas.
The announcement was made during the first-ever two-day informal summit between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping that began on April 27, 2018 at Hubei Provincial Museum, in the city of Wuhan in China.
Other topics discussed during the summit
• The Indo-China informal summit was focused on terrorism, climate change and developing a mutually beneficial relationship between both countries.
• Both the sides expressed their strong opposition to terrorism and recognised the common threats posed by terrorism.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping also talked about the importance of a balanced and sustainable trade ties between both the countries.
• They discussed about the ways of promoting culture and greater people-to-people connect between the two nations.
India-China Economic Project in Afghanistan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on April 28, 2018 agreed to undertake a joint India-China Economic Project in Afghanistan. As per the talks between both the leaders, officials of both sides will identify the project in following up discussions and will work out the modalities. This will be a first such project in Afghanistan.
Prior to the Wuhan summit, China invited Indian officials dealing with Afghanistan and proposed the involvement of both the sides in a joint development project.
While trying to expand its influence in Pakistan, China has been accused by Afghanistan and the US of backing Pakistan and its most violent attacks aimed at threatening the world peace.
However, against all these claims, China for the first time held a trilateral meeting with the foreign ministers of Pakistan and Afghanistan in December 2017 to narrow down the differences between the two countries.
It also announced the plans to extend its controversial China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to Afghanistan.