Wuhan: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday offered to host the next informal summit with Xi Jinping in India next year, a proposal which elicited a positive response from the Chinese president.
During his delegation-level talks as part of an unprecedented informal summit with President Xi in the central Chinese city, Modi said such informal summits should become a tradition between the two countries.
“I’ll be happy, if in 2019, we can have such informal summit in India,” Modi told Xi.
On his part, President Xi said the two countries have established closer partnership and made positive progress in recent years.
“In the past five years, we have achieved a lot. We have met each other on many occasions,” he said.
“I look forward to in-depth communication with your excellency, and ensure we can build common understanding and help to take the China-India relationship to the next level,” he said.
The first informal summit between Modi and Xi in Wuhan – the favourite holiday spot of revolutionary Chinese leader Mao Zedong – is being seen as an effort by India and China to rebuild trust and improve ties that were hit by the 73-day-long Dokalam standoff last year.