Issue Brief on “XI-Modi Meeting: Putting Differences Aside to Attain Common Goals”


Chinese President Xi Jinping received Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for an informal summit in Hubei province in the last week of April 2018. According to the Chinese media reports, President Xi hoped that the two leaders can open a new chapter in their bilateral relations, and that Beijing was willing to build a closer partnership and cooperation in all fields that can influence the world.  President Xi called for continuous strengthening of friendly relations between the two countries so that their friendship will continue to flow forward like the Yangtze and Ganges rivers.[1]

After a tense military confrontation in Doklam in 2017, Modi’s visit to China, featuring a number of one-on-one private meetings with President Xi, was a serious attempt to reset ties. The confrontation lasted for more than two months, but both sides pulled back in time to avoid disruption of the 9th BRICS summit that included China and India.

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