BRICS: Manmohan Singh meets Chinese President Xi Jinping
Durban: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday met Chinese President Xi Jinping on the margin of the BRICS Summit here, in the first structured high-level contact between the two countries since the change of leadership in China.
The bilateral meeting between Singh and Xi late here last night took place on the sidelines of the BRICS countries Summit which the two leaders attended. Ahead of the bilateral meet, the two leaders had met informally during the Summit when Xi told the PM that he was aware of his (Singh’s) good relationship with Xi’s immediate predecessor Hu Jintao and former Prime Minister Wei and would like to continue the relationship.
Xi last week had warm words about the relationship with India and said he was looking forward to the meeting with Singh.
Boundary issues not to affect mutual ties
Ahead of the meeting between Prime Minister Singh and President Xi, India sent clear signals of reciprocating China’s new leadership’s desire to improve ties without it being held hostage by problems like the boundary issue. Official sources said India will not allow the bilateral ties to be held hostage by differences on the boundary issue, echoing the views of new President Xi last week.