General Wei Fenghe, State Councillor and Defence Minister of China, called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Tuesday.

In his meeting with the Chinese Defence Minister, Prime Minister Modi appreciated the increased momentum of high-level contacts between India and China in all spheres, including in the areas of defence and military exchanges.

Terming India-China relations as a factor of stability in the world, the Prime Minister said that maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the border areas is indicative of the sensitivity and maturity with which India and China handle their differences, not allowing them to become disputes.

Prime Minister Modi also warmly recalled his recent meetings with President Xi Jinping in Wuhan, Qingdao and Johannesburg.

In April this year, Prime Minister Modi travelled to the Chinese city of Wuhan to meet President Xi where the two leaders broke the ice in ties that accumulated following the 73-day long Doklam military standoff in 2017.

Modi and Xi built a consensus to improve the bilateral relations and address contentious issues. Following the meeting, India and China agreed to issue “strategic guidance” to their respective militaries to strengthen communication between the two forces and implement a series of confidence building measures.

Both agreed to strengthen existing institutional mechanism to prevent and manage situations in the border areas and reiterated their opposition to terrorism in all its forms.