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Modi Held First Round of Talks with President Xi in Host’s Hometown of Xi’an

May 14, 2015 (EIRNS)—Arriving at Xi’an, President Xi Jinping’s hometown, on a three-day (May 14-16) visit to China, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a 90-minute talk with the Chinese President today. The two will have further discussions on May 15 and 16 in Beijing and Shanghai. According to Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar, who is accompanying Modi, the two leaders discussed various aspects of bilateral, regional, and global issues.

"This is the first time I have hosted a foreign leader in my hometown, and I hope you have a happy stay," Xi told Modi ahead of today’s meet. Xi’an is the capital city of Shaanxi Province. When President Xi came to India last September, he was received by Modi in his hometown of Vadnagar in the state of Gujarat.

Meanwhile, China’s state-run Global Times, in an article today, encouraged closer cooperation between the two nations:

"Anyone with some geopolitical knowledge, understands what revolutionary changes would happen to the political and economic landscape in Asia, if China and India could join hands to forge ahead. But people are also aware that there seems always to be a lack of mutual trust between the dragon and the elephant."

As a sign of growing cooperation between the two nations, India’s Economic Times reports that India and China have agreed to take a unified stance on food security at the World Trade Organization (WTO), an issue which is critical for both nations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s China visit is expected to result in a cooperation pact on WTO issues.

India had blocked the adoption of the trade facilitation pact last July, in the face of heavy criticism. India had insisted on the right to stockpile food for its people,— something which every sane government has done since the biblical Joseph’s advice to the Pharoah of Egypt,— but which the mad genocidalists of the World Trade Organization insist on prohibiting. However, at that time, India didn’t get the backing of China or any of the other G-33 nations,— even Indonesia.