Modi-Xi summit: What do the neighbours think?
Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh feel the informal summit could help ensure regional peace.
India’s neighbours reacted cautiously to the news of a summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping but acknowledged that the meet could help bolster regional peace and boost the global economy.
Pakistan foreign minister Khawaja Asif said Islamabad is happy to see the leaders of China and India holding an informal summit as it could play an active role in ensuring regional peace and improving bilateral ties.
Asif, in China to attend a meeting of foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, made the remarks after meeting foreign minister Wang Yi on Monday. However, Asif noted that Pakistan remains an “all-weather friend” of China and that the two countries will always stand side by side.
“Pakistan firmly supports China’s core interests and wishes that China will play a greater role in international and regional affairs,” he said. Asif also informed Wang about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
Senior Nepalese Maoist leader Narayan Kaji Shrestha, a former deputy prime minister, said India and China are trying to strike a balance at a time when the global economy has been affected by considerable tension. At the same time, the two countries are also competing to expand their clout in the region and beyond.