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China hosts Russia, Iran for summit as U.S. tensions rise

10 June 2018

The bilateral meeting with the Chinese President came just over a month after the two leaders met for an informal summit in China's Wuhan.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Qingdao on Saturday on a two-day visit primarily to attend the annual summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) which is likely to deliberate on several pressing global issues including future of Iran nuclear deal, the impact of USA sanctions on Russian Federation and situation in the Indo-Pacific region.

Xi's visit will be preceded by a flurry of high-level meetings this year, including meetings between the foreign, defence and home ministers and the national security advisers. I hope the courageous steps towards peace taken by President Ghani will be respected by all in the region, Prime Minister Modi said in his plenary address, news agency ANI reported.

On the occasion, President Mamnoon said that Pakistan supported the Chinese chairmanship of SCO and appreciated the various initiatives proposed by China in the organization during the previous year. "He stated that it was a new starting point in our bilateral relationship".

The plane of Air India carrying Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Qingdao Liuting International Airport for the 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Qingdao city, Shandong province, China June 9, 2018.

Further, the member-countries, including India, Pakistan, China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, are expected to sign the Qingdao Declaration. "Ties between our nations have their roots in history", Mr. Modi said in a tweet.

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"There were some discussion on trade and investment related issues".

Gokhale said Xi referred to the growing popularity of Indian films and not only spoke about the success of the movie Dangal in China, but also mentioned that Baahubali 2 and other Hindi movies had done well in the country.

The meeting took place ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit and 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 Doka La standoff and several other thorny issues. "The first meeting of this mechanism will be held this year", he said. "One of the outcomes of today's meeting is that we have agreed we will move forward in identifying a specific project initially in the area of capacity building", Gokhale said.

As India and Pakistan both have rich experience in maintaining security and combating crime, their entry will enhance the development potential and expand the room for cooperation between SCO members in terms of security, Liao said.

Terrorism is the most severe security challenge the SCO faces.

The first MoU was inked between China's Ministry of Water Resources and India's Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation upon provision of hydrological information of the Brahmaputra river in flood season by China to India.

China hosts Russia, Iran for summit as U.S. tensions rise