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He was in the Chinese city of Wuhan on April 27 and 28 to attend an informal summit with President Xi Jinping.

India and China on Saturday signed two memoranda of understanding after talks led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Qingdao. Counter-terrorism cooperation will get a boost with the visit of China's Public Security Minister announced for later this year. President Xi said that it was a very successful summit and the discussions with agenda in a relaxed setting had allowed both leaders to discuss a number of issues.

On the occasion, President Mamnoon said that Pakistan supported the Chinese chairmanship of SCO and appreciated the various initiatives proposed by China in the organization during the past year.

The plane of Air India carrying Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Qingdao Liuting International Airport for the 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Qingdao city, Shandong province, China June 9, 2018.

India and China will hold the 21st round of talks on the unsettled boundary-seen as the cause of a tense military face off between the two countries last year-in the second half of this year.

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Participants at the summit will discuss about issues including information security, combating cross-border crime and the formation of permanent bodies to ensure law enforcement and security, he said.

China is willing to work with India to take the Wuhan meeting as a new starting point to continuously enhance political mutual trust and engage in mutually beneficial cooperation across the board, so as to push forward China-India relations in a better, faster and steadier manner, Xi was quoted as saying by the state-run Xinhua news agency.

Gokhale said Xi referred to the growing popularity of Indian films and not only spoke about the success of the movie Dangal in China, but also mentioned that Baahubali 2 and other Hindi movies had done well in the country.

Talking about the outcome of the meeting, Gokhale said both the sides agreed to set up a new people-to-people mechanism to enhance cooperation in several areas such as art and culture. "The first meeting of this mechanism will be held this year", he said. Speaking at the restricted session of the SCO Summit, Prime Minister Modi also floated the concept of SECURE: "S" for security for citizens, "E" for economic development, "C" for connectivity in the region, "U" for unity, "R" for respect of sovereignty and integrity, and 'E for environment protection.

"Wonderful to meet Mr Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of Uzbekistan". Over the past years, SCO member states have jointly made achievements in deterring terrorist attacks and arresting members of worldwide terrorist organisations, he said. India, along with Pakistan, became full-time members at the summit in Kazakhstan in June 2017.

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