The meeting between the leaders of two Asian powers on the sidelines of the SCO summit came nearly six weeks after they held an informal summit in the Chinese city of Wuhan with an aim to solidify ties in various areas and ensuring better coordination between the border guarding forces of the two countries.
PM Modi arrived in Qingdao in the afternoon on a two-day visit to attend the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).
Before their meeting, the two leaders had a warm handshake and posed for photographs.
In his opening remarks, PM Modi said that strong and stable relations between India and China can inspire a stable and peaceful world. He also recalled his informal summit with Xi in Wuhan.
“Further strengthening the positive momentum in the bilateral relationship generated at the Wuhan Informal Summit. PM Narendra Modi had a warm and forward looking meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the SCO Summit,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
PM Modi and Chinese President Xi also took stock of the implementation of the decisions taken at their informal summit in Wuhan on April 27-28.
PM Modi is expected to hold nearly half a dozen bilateral meetings with leaders of other SCO countries.
It is for the first time the Indian prime minister will be attending the SCO Summit after India along with Pakistan became full-fledged members of the grouping, which has been increasingly seen as a counter to NATO.
The SCO was founded at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.