India and China should respect each other in terms of aspirations and needs; Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Chinese President Xi Jinping when the two leaders met on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Huangzhou on Sunday.
"The PM told Presdent Xi that it is important that both the Asian giants respect each other's aspirations," said Ministry of External Spokesperson Vikas Swarup in a briefing. The conciliatory note comes amid rising tensions in India-China ties over a number of issues.
"The India - China partnership is important not only to each other, but also to the region and the whole world," PM Modi has told Xi as per the reports.
Xi too struck a similar note in his comments. "We ought to respect and give consideration to each other's concerns, and use constructive methods to appropriately handle questions on which there are disputes," Xi said, according to China's Foreign Ministry.
PM Modi also reportedly expressed his condolences to Xi over the attack on the Chinese embassy in Kyrgyztan's Bishkek, and called for collaboration in fighting terrorism.
"Not just India, but countries like China, Russia and a number of others are facing the terrorism emanating from our neighborhoods," he reportedly said, in an oblique reference to Pakistan.
The Modi - Xi meeting lasted half an hour. It was the second meeting between both in less than three months. The last meeting had come on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Tashkent in June.