Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

India strikes river, rice deals with China as relations thaw

India strikes river, rice deals with China as relations thaw

He also felicitated his Chinese counterpart on the successful conduct of SCO Summit in China.

It is Modi's second visit to China in little over five weeks.

Rouhani is set to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the summit, although the nuclear deal and the issue of its membership are not part of the official agenda.

Top leaders of India, Russia, and China and some of their close allies will converge here tomorrow for the annual Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit which will explore concrete ways to bolster cooperation in the fight against terrorism, extremism and radicalisation besides deliberating on pressing global issues. India, which recently joined the SCO, might have a few words to say about China's behavior in contested territory. The summit in this Chinese port city is taking place under the shadow of Washington's pull out from the Iran nuclear deal, its sanction regime against Russian Federation and frictions with China over the trade tariff dispute and diplomats said all these issues may figure at the summit as well as during deliberations on its sidelines.

India became a full member of the the China-dominated grouping past year and New Delhi's entry into it is expected to increase the bloc's heft in regional geo-politics and trade negotiations besides giving it a pan-Asian hue.

The situation in the Indo-Pacific may figure in the talks but it is unlikely that the issue will find a mention in the SCO outcome document.

The SCO meeting comes after President Donald Trump controversially pulled Washington out of the 2015 global pact with Iran that placed limits on its nuclear programme in return for easing economic sanctions. The sanctions have impacted Russia's defence cooperation with a number of countries including India. Officials said India will pitch for evolving effective ways to deal with the growing challenge of terrorism and enhancing security cooperation among SCO countries.

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A few days ago, the Trump dispensation slapped stiff tariffs on steel and aluminum imports on five of its six G7 partners. Li said that leaders of the two countries have developed a personal friendship. "It's a lucky number ", Tusk said.

The SCO, established in 2001, promotes political, economic and security cooperation among its members.

India said previous year that China had not stuck to an agreement to share hydrological data, or scientific information on the movement, distribution and quality of water for the Brahmaputra river.

The latter's meeting is supposed to focus on cooperation in various areas and prospects for the development of an economic corridor connecting the three countries.

Modi said he would talk to leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation's countries and discuss a "wide range of subjects" with them.

Russia´s President Vladimir Putin (C) reviews a military honour guard with Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) during a welcoming ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 8, 2018.

The meeting covered key aspects of the bilateral engagement, reflecting the resolve by the two countries to reset relations and bring back trust in their ties which was hit by the Doklam standoff and several other thorny issues.

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