India strikes river, rice deals with China as relations thaw

India strikes river, rice deals with China as relations thaw

It is for the first time that 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 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Later this year, the Chinese Defence Minister will visit India, while National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will travel to China for the Special Representative-level border talks. PM Modi will meet Mr Xi multiple times on the sidelines of the summit.

Trump said last month Washington was withdrawing from what he called "a disgusting one-sided deal" and would reimpose US economic sanctions on Iran.

Russia´s President Vladimir Putin (C) reviews a military honour guard with Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) during a welcoming ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 8, 2018.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday he wanted more talks with Russian Federation about what he called the "illegal" USA withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.

"I will be visiting Qingdao in China for the annual meeting of the Council of Heads of States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)". Observer status is granted to Mongolia, Iran, Belarus and Afghanistan.

This is India's first participation in the summit as a full-time member of the organisation.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani walks to his auto after walking out from the airplane upon his arrival at Qingdao Liuting International Airport in Qingdao, China´s Shandong province on June 8, 2018, where he is to take part in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), 18th annual summit.

The 2015 nuclear deal lifted that barrier.

Trump asks if Canada burnt down White House in call with PM
There is no doubt, though, that Trudeau is upset that the US would invoke security concerns as justification for the tariffs. On the agenda for the two-day summit will be economic growth, employment, gender equality, climate change and world peace.

The SCO, established in 2001, promotes political, economic and security cooperation among its members.

China also expects to enhance its anti-terrorism cooperation with Pakistan, Xi said.

India and China also signed two bilateral agreements on continuing the sharing of hydrological data on the Brahmaputra river and on expanding rice exports to China.

Gokhale said Xi referred to the growing popularity of Indian films and not only spoke about the success of the movie Dangal in China, but also mentioned that Baahubali 2 and other Hindi movies had done well in the country.

The SCO, launched in 2001 mainly to combat radical Islam and other security concerns across Central Asia, added traditional rivals India and Pakistan as members a year ago.

The summit will focus on enhancing cooperation to address the challenges of terrorism, drug trafficking, cross-border crimes, information security threats, Liao Jinrong, head of the worldwide cooperation department with the Ministry of Public Security, said at a media briefing ahead of the summit, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

"No matter what country has terrorists, we must strengthen our regional cooperation and not allow them to affect regional security", he told a press conference Friday, adding that the SCO bloc had stopped "hundreds" of terrorist acts.

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