China to India: We must build mutual trust

Chinese president tells to Indian PM that two Asian powers need to strengthen mutual trust for a "fairer" and more "reasonable" world order, Modi says better ties depends on China's policies

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in China where he held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, both of whom have stressed the need for building mutual trust between the two Asian powers.

Chinese President Xi told Modi that mutual trust should be built by "controlling their differences" and strengthening cooperation, Reuters reported, while Premier Li said trust is needed for "a fairer and more reasonable international order."

According to media reports, a record 24 bilateral agreements have been signed between India and China, worth $23.5 billion.

The leaders aim to overcome a range of issues including a border dispute and China's close relations with Pakistan, which concern India.

While officials say the border issue will be considered later to find "a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable resolution," Indian media reported that Modi raised his concerns about China's investments in Pakistan, especially about plans in Kashmir.

With the leaders of the two Asian giants talking about many common global and regional interests, Modi described the relationship between the two nations as "complex," adding they "have a historic responsibility to turn it into source of strength and force of good for world."

Modi also said he "stressed the need for China to reconsider its approach on some of the issues that hold us back from realising the full potential of our partnership."

However, the reconciliatory tone of the leaders has been overshadowed by a "map crisis" which has made Indian media furious. During the Modi's visit, China’s national television broadcaster CCTV used a map of India that showed the disputed border area of the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh as “south Tibet” and only the part of Kashmir that is occupied by India.

Indian media slammed the use of map, calling it "Chinese cartographic aggression."

TRTWorld and agencies