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"Their first meeting will be held this year", Gokhale said.

In their 14th meeting in four years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday carried forward the Wuhan spirit and chose to strengthen communication between the militaries of the two countries.

Gokhale said the meeting had a "very positive forward looking momentum" which was underpinned by spirit of the Wuhan summit.

The other new member state this year is Pakistan, a country India has held numerous exciting discussions with over the years.

Both sides have said the Wuhan summit helped put the troubled relationship back on an even keel.

The declaration will hold details of the significant mechanism for resisting the global terror activities.

Modi said his meeting with Xi today would add further vigour to the India-China friendship after their first informal summit at Wuhan in April.

Recalling that he and Prime Minister Modi successfully had an informal meeting and reached important consensus in Wuhan, President Xi said the meeting had been well received by both countries and the worldwide community, and a positive atmosphere is taking shape to pay close attention to and support the development of China-India relations.

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They agreed to continue supporting each other on issues of core interest.

"On the Indian side, it will be headed by the external affairs minister (Sushma Swaraj) while on Chinese side, it will be headed by state councilor and foreign minister Wang Yi".

The two leaders also spoke about ensuring greater people-to-people contact, with Xi talking about the popularity of Indian films like Dangal, Bahubaali and Hindi Medium in China.

India signaled in advance of the meeting that it will not compromise its sovereignty by reconsidering its opposition to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, an infrastructure project that would pass through land in Kashmir occupied by Pakistan but claimed by India.

The second MoU was signed between China's General Administration of Customs and India's Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare on Phytosanitary requirements for exporting rice from India to China, one of the world's biggest rice markets. It also enables China to provide data if the water level exceeds a mutually agreed level during the non-flood season. Beijing had earlier denied access to non-Basmati rice saying it failed to meet its norms.

The summit in this Chinese port city is taking place under the shadow of Washington's pull out from the Iran nuclear deal, its sanction regime against Russian Federation and frictions with China over the trade tariff dispute and diplomats said all these issues may figure at the summit as well as during deliberations on its sidelines.

Apart from this, the two sides formally agreed to undertake a joint project in Afghanistan, pertaining to "capacity building".

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