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Modi-Xi talks highlight China-India rivalry, cooperation

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping as the...
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, poses with Chinese President Xi Jinping for a photo a...

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping as the...

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, poses with Chinese President Xi Jinping for a photo a...

BEIJING (AP) — An informal summit between the leaders of China and India is underscoring their rivalry for leadership in Asia along with the possibility of cooperation.

Chinese President Xi Jinping called for stepped-up interactions with India during talks on Friday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, amid tensions along their contested border and a rivalry for influence with their smaller neighbors.

Discussions are continuing Saturday at a lakeside villa in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

China-India relations date back centuries but are characterized by competition for leadership in Asia.

The countries fought a border war in 1962 and last year engaged in a 10-week standoff in the neighboring state of Bhutan. New Delhi has also been alarmed by China's moves to build ties with Indian Ocean nations including India's longtime rival Pakistan.


Updated : 2021-02-27 00:38 GMT+08:00