India, China to undertake joint economic project in Afghanistan

India, China to undertake joint economic project in Afghanistan

The summit was stated to be unique as the two leaders have no pressure and obligation to strike any agreements nor make big announcements but focus mainly on candid discussions on solutions to some of the vexing problems

In a move that could upset Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed to undertake a joint India-China economic project in Afghanistan at their first informal summit here, official sources said.

The understanding was reached between the two leaders during the two-day informal summit which concluded on Saturday, they said.

As per the understanding, officials of both sides will identify the project in following up discussions and work out the modalities.

This will be a first such project in the war-torn country where China while trying to expand its influence has tacitly backed Pakistan.

Pakistan has been accused by Afghanistan and the US of backing the Taliban and its most violent attacks in Afghanistan, destabilising any attempts to restore peace.

China for the first time held a trilateral meeting with the foreign ministers of Pakistan and Afghanistan in December last in Beijing to narrow down the differences between the two nations.

China had also announced plans to extend its China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to Afghanistan at the meeting.

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