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Modi-Xi take lakeside walk, boat ride; summit to conclude over lunch

THE ASIAN AGE WITH AGENCY INPUTS
Published : Apr 28, 2018, 8:44 am IST
Updated : Apr 28, 2018, 9:38 am IST

PM Modi also offered to host the next informal summit with Xi Jinping in India next year.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said he held
 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said he held "extensive and fruitful" talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping during their first round of two-day informal summit in Wuhan on Friday. (Photo: AP)

New Delhi/Wuhan: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping began their last round of one-on-one talks with a walk around the famous East Lake in Wuhan on Saturday. The two leaders also took an hour-long boat ride.  

Modi and Xi are due to conclude the unprecedented informal summit over lunch.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said he held "extensive and fruitful" talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping during their first round of two-day informal summit in Wuhan on Friday. 

"I am very pleased to meet with President Xi Jinping in Wuhan. We conducted extensive and fruitful talks and exchanged opinions on strengthening India-China relations and other international issues," Modi said in a post in the popular Chinese social media Weibo, where he has 1,83,112 followers. 

"Thank you, President Xi Jinping, for the wonderful gesture of personally accompanying me in the Hubei Provincial Museum. The Museum is home to great facets of Chinese history and culture," he said. 

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Earlier on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Xi Jinping at Hubei Provincial Museum.

Billed as 'heart-to-heart', the informal summit aimed at evolving consensus between the two leaders to look for solutions to some of the most contentious issues including the border dispute bedevilling the two countries.

The summit is being seen as an effort by India and China to rebuild trust and improve ties that were hit by the 73-day-long Doklam standoff last year.

Attempting to bridge the differences between the two countries, Prime Minister Modi has also offered to host the next informal summit with Xi Jinping in India next year.

The two leaders began their informal meetings way back in 2014 when Xi was hosted by Modi at the Sabarmati Ashram of Mahatma Gandhi in Gujarat. They have met and interacted with each other in about a dozen international meetings since then.

(With PTI inputs)

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