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Wuhan Summit: India, China to Team Up For Joint Economic Project in Afghanistan; Move May Upset Pakistan

The understanding was reached between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping during the two-day informal summit which concluded on Saturday.

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Updated:April 28, 2018, 12:10 PM IST
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Wuhan Summit: India, China to Team Up For Joint Economic Project in Afghanistan; Move May Upset Pakistan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on a boat ride on Wuhan’s East Lake on Saturday. (Photo tweeted by @narendramodi)
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Wuhan: 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 move may not be well-received in Pakistan, which claims Beijing as an “all-weather” ally.

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 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, which has been accused by Afghanistan and the US of backing the Taliban and its most violent attacks in the country 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 countries.

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

| Edited by: Nitya Thirumalai
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