On Friday, new security measures for the unsettled border, summit occurred between Chinese President Xi Jinping and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, officials stated, to smooth ties tangled by differences over Kashmir.
Both President Xi Jinping and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi are meeting in a resort in India after weeks of jousting over India’s determination to withdraw the status of its part of the disputed Himalaya territory of Kashmir, angering arch-rival Pakistan and its ally China.
India mentioned on Wednesday any change to Kashmir’s status as an internal affair, and there was no place for a 3rd country to be concerned after Xi said he was watching the state of affairs closely and guaranteed Pakistan of Chinese support for its core interests.
China has long-standing military relations with Pakistan, which has fought a war with India over Muslim-majority Kashmir twice.
Prime Minister Modi and President Xi will be aiming to prevent an additional deterioration in relations throughout the informal summit in Mamallapuram, and the expectation is the two sides will move ahead on a set of building trust measures, an Indian source briefed on the discussions stated.
India and China share a 3,500 km (2,200 miles) border, over which they went to war in 1962 and which stays unresolved despite more than 20 rounds of talks.
The border has been mostly peaceful; however, there have been occasional stand-offs between soldiers from the two Asian giants, who have overlapping territorial claims. The measures on the table include other border trade, tourism, and even joint military patrols to boost trust, stated the source.