PM Modi meets Premier Li Keqiang for first engagement

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang and discussed bilateral ties and global issues of mutual concern, as he underlined that the two countries should increase strategic coordination to tackle the common threat of terrorism.

Condemning the recent spurt of terror attacks in Paris and Mali, Modi said the menace of terrorism was the biggest challenge facing humanity.

During the meeting on the sidelines of ASEAN-India Summit here, the Prime Minister said that there was a need for the international community to eschew their political differences and unite to face this menace, External Affairs Ministry Spokesman Vikas Swarup told reporters.

“The bilaterals amidst the multilateral. PM @narendramodi meets Premier Li Keqiang of China for first engagement,” external affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup tweeted.

During the meeting on the sidelines of Asean-India Summit, Li said that China and India — the world’s two largest developing countries — have more common interests than divergences.

“China and India boosting mutual trust and cooperation will not only achieve win-win results, but also contribute to the peace, development and prosperity of Asia and the world at large,” Li said.

The two leaders felt that slowing down of global trade offers an opportunity for both India and China to work together and become drivers of global growth.

Li noted that India had maintained its growth momentum despite global downturn and its flagship initiatives like ‘Make un India’, ‘Digital India’ offered opportunities for Chinese to partner with India, Swarup said.

The two sides were unanimous that developed countries must provide assistance in capacity building and technology transfer to developing countries, the spokesperson added.

Modi also briefed Li on the Solar Alliance to make solar energy and invited China to consider jointing the alliance.

He added that China is willing to work with India to strive for “early harvests” in the construction of the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor.

Beijing, Li said, also looks forward to strengthening coordination with New Delhi on multilateral affairs and jointly tackling terrorism and other global challenges.

Modi arrived here early today on a three-day visit to Malaysia to attend the Asean-India and East Asia summits.

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