Published: Tue, April 24, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Asif lauds Uzbekistan's support for Pakistan's SCO membership

Asif lauds Uzbekistan's support for Pakistan's SCO membership

China's opposition to India's membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group and the Dalai Lama's engagements are among the major irritants in the relationship.

However, the minister did raise the issue of atrocities occurring in Indian-held Kashmir when he met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

The meeting is the final stage of preparations for the SCO summit on June 9-10 in China's Qingdao.

Both the countries are emerging superpowers on the global front and share common interests in worldwide affairs.

"It will be an important occasion for them (Modi and Xi) to exchange views on bilateral and worldwide matters, from an overarching and long-term perspective with the objective of enhancing mutual communication", Swaraj said.

"Asian powers and emerging countries, both China and India share many common interests in global affairs. It will be an important occasion for them to exchange views on bilateral and global matters, with the objective of enhancing mutual communications at the level of leaders".

They will have in-depth exchange of views on the issues of overarching long-term and strategic importance in the bilateral relations, he said.


"This (Rajiv-Deng summit) was when the two countries agreed to put their quarrels behind them". It will also open up new prospects in China-India cooperation.

This will bring positive influence to regional and world peace, stability and development and bring more benefits to the people of both countries, Lu said. The relations between the two nations turned sour when India allowed the Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh despite China's protest.

"In doing so, India has sought to build on her long-standing ties of deep mutual trust and confidence with Russian Federation, vibrant historical and cultural linkages with countries of Central Asia and closer development partnership with China and to further enhance and deepen ties with all the member countries for mutual benefit", she said. This informal discussion is going to take place for the first time after 1954. The two leaders will spend two days in Wuhan.

Besides this, there are other pesky issues between the two Asian giants.

"This kind of one-on-one is not often seen in other countries".

"So in this contest, both Indian and Chinese sides thought about the new format".

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