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Modi, Xi talks end without a joint statement

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In Khatmandu, Xi Jinping held talks with President Bhandari, and Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli. A 14-point joint statement after the talks said:

China and Nepal take the Belt and Road Initiative as an opportunity to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation in all fields in a comprehensive manner, jointly pursue common prosperity and dedicate themselves to maintaining peace, stability and development in the region.

The Chinese side reiterated its firm support to Nepal in upholding the country's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and its firm support and respect to Nepal's social system and development path independently chosen in the light of Nepal's national conditions.

The two sides agreed to intensify implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative to enhance connectivity, encompassing such vital components as ports, roads, railways, aviation and communications within the overarching framework of trans-Himalayan Multi-Dimensional Connectivity Network with a view to significantly contributing to Nepal's development agenda that includes graduating from LDC at an early date, becoming middle-income country by 2030 and realizing the SDGs by the same date.

Both sides expressed satisfaction with the signing of the Agreement between the government of the People's Republic of China and the government of Nepal on Boundary Management System, which will improve the level of boundary management and cooperation for both sides.

Talks with Pakistan Prime Minister

Ahead of Xi's visit to India, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan visited China on October 8, 9) and held talks with Xi and other government officials in order to win Beijing's support over his country's Kashmir stance.

A Chinese government spokesperson said Wednesday (October 9) the Indian move to annex the disputed territory was "unacceptable," adding that China would help Pakistan defend "its legitimate rights and interests" in the Kashmir region.

A joint statement issued after the visit the two sides reaffirmed their firm resolve to further strengthening Pakistan-China All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership aimed at building a Community of Shared Future in the New Era. Chinese leaders reiterated solidarity with Pakistan in safeguarding its territorial sovereignty, independence and security.

On the situation in the Indian-administered Kashmir, the statement said that China was paying close attention to the current situation in Jammu & Kashmir and reiterated that the Kashmir issue is a dispute left from history, and should be properly and peacefully resolved based on the UN Charter, relevant UN Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements. "China opposes any unilateral actions that complicate the situation."

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