Published: Wed, March 21, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Modi speaks to Xi Jinping over phone

Modi speaks to Xi Jinping over phone

Though Xi made no mention of any territorial issues, the country has been involved in a number of disputes with some of its neighbours.

Most members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have maintained amicable ties with Japan, Asia's second-largest economy after China, but they may start to keep their distance from Tokyo to protect their national interests over the next two decades, the diplomats said.

Taiwan has been self-governed since the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949, but has never formally declared independence from the People's Republic of China, which it views as an illegitimate government. This is the first-time a President addressed its valedictory session.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed on a close consultation on worldwide matters.

The Chinese people are united in their belief that "every inch of our great motherland absolutely can not and absolutely will not be separated from China", Xi declared in his speech before the almost 3,000 members of the National People's Congress.

Xi, who was re-elected to a second five-year term as China's president by parliament Saturday, also pledged to step up efforts to give the country's military forces "world-class" status, a comment certain to stoke regional fears about greater Chinese assertiveness in nearby disputed waters.

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Stressing on the importance of the military, President Xi added, "We should make sure the Communist Party has ultimate leadership over the military and in a new era continue to strengthen, and the military with science and technology and rule-based governance".

"The Chinese people have been indomitable and persistent", Xi told the nearly 3,000 delegates in the cavernous Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

President Xi Jinping reiterated that China's development is no threat to other nations even as the United States has called it a "main threat". "We have strong capabilities of taking our due place in the world".

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"The endeavour of the Chinese people has led to a tremendous transformation of the Chinese nation: it has stood up, grown rich, and is becoming strong!"

Xi appreciated Modis congratulations, saying the just-concluded annual sessions of the NPC and the Chinese Peoples Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) have achieved great success.

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"This is also in line with fundamental of the Chinese nation", Xi said in an apparent reference to Taiwan which China claims as part of it.

Showing his nationalistic slant, Xi also promised to restore China's past glory and turn it into a "great modern socialist country" by the middle of the 21st century. At the same time, China will continue to roll out incentives to woo younger Taiwan citizens and business leaders over to its camp.

Steve Tsang, director of the SOAS China Institute, said the president was using nationalism and a call for unity to convey the message that he would get tough on his enemies, both inside and outside China.

"Any actions and tricks to split China are doomed to failure and will meet with the..."

"China's development does not pose a threat to any country", Xi said.

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