Update at 5:57 PM: PM Modi took to Twitter and said that he had "an extremely fruitful meeting" with President Xi Jinping, stating that their talks included the full spectrum of India-China relations. He further added that the two countries shall continue working together to improve economic and cultural ties between the nations.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the two-day SCO Summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on Thursday. Taking to Twitter, PM Modi's office shared the first picture of the meeting with the Chinese President amid the bilateral talks.
"Deepening friendship with China," wrote PM Modi in the tweet in which both the leaders along with their associates can be seen discussing ways to further strengthen the bilateral relations between the countries.
Ahead of India-China talks at the SCO Summit, sources had told Republic that PM Modi is likely to invite China's President Xi Jinping to India to further bolster ties between New Delhi and Beijing with more comprehensive talks.
At the sidelines of the Summit, PM Modi is scheduled to hold three back to back bilateral meetings on Thursday with leaders of China, Russia, and Afghanistan. As PM Modi arrived in Bishkek, he was received by Deputy Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, Zamirbek Maripbaevich Askarov.
The SCO Summit is Prime Minister Modi's first international summit after taking charge of the office for the second time following BJP's landslide victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The SCO is a China-led eight-member economic and security bloc. Its founding members include China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan were admitted to the Beijing-based regional security grouping in 2017. After becoming a full member two years ago, India has been actively involved in various SCO dialogue mechanisms.