Xi also told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Beijing is prepared to work with Delhi “to seek guidance from Panchsheel”, or the five principles of co-existence, reported ANI.
In this first bilateral meet between Modi and Xi since the uneasy resolution of the 73-day Doklam standoff, Xi’s statements appeared to be conciliatory, going by what Chinese state media as well as ANI quoted him as saying. The two leaders met on the sidelines of the ongoing BRICS meeting in Xiamen, China.
“Jinping called for putting its bilateral relationship with India on the ‘right track’ during a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Xiamen,” said the official Xinhua news agency.
Xi further told Modi that healthy, stable bilateral ties are in line with the interests of both countries, according to Xinhua.
“India and China are each other’s major neighbours, we are also two of the world’s largest and emerging countries,” Xi reportedly said.
The Chinese President’s reference to Panchsheel, was to the 1954 pact between China and India.
According to the pact, called the Panchsheel Pact, the five principles of co-existence are: Mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, Mutual non-aggression, Mutual non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, Equality and cooperation for mutual benefit and Peaceful co-existence.
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