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Ready to work with India in Africa, says China after Modi, Xi’s simultaneous visit to Rwanda

PM Modi arrived in Rwanda on Monday and agreed to provide $200 million in loans. China’s Xi Jinping arrived in Rwanda on Sunday and signed various agreements, including a $126 million loan plan to build two roads. Both Xi and Modi are expected to meet on the sidelines of the BRICS summit.

india Updated: Jul 24, 2018 17:33 IST
Hindustan Times, Beijing
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China said it is willing to work with India in Africa and implement the consensus reached between PM Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping during their recent meetings in Wuhan and Qingdao.(File Photo)

China on Tuesday said it is willing to work with India in Africa and implement the consensus reached between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping during their recent meetings in Wuhan and Qingdao to explore new modes of cooperation in third world countries.

Modi arrived in Rwanda on Monday en route the BRICS summit in South Africa and agreed to provide $200 million in loans to the impoverished country. The PM will later hold high-level meetings with representatives of the BRICS nations of Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa.

Xi arrived in Rwanda on Sunday and signed various agreements, including a $126 million loan plan to build two roads. Both Xi and Modi are expected to meet on the sidelines of the BRICS summit. With this, Rwanda signed deals with both India and China earlier this week.

“With India, we signed a loan of $100 million for irrigation in three separate areas in the country and $100 million for developing special economic zones,” Rwanda’s finance minister Uzziel Ndagijimana told Reuters. “With China, we signed a loan agreement of $76 million for a road from Huye to Kibeho, and $50 million for the new Bugesera airport access road,” Ndagijimana said.

Answering a question on the simultaneous visits of Modi and Xi, China’s ministry of foreign affairs (MFA) said on Tuesday that the two countries could cooperate in third world countries.

“We noticed that on the same day Modi arrived in Rwanda and the two sides signed a series of bilateral cooperation agreements on investment and infrastructure,” MFA spokesperson Geng Shuang said. “We all want to help Africa speed up industrialisation under the south-south cooperation. We all want to develop cooperation with Africa.”

“We believe that China and India are on the same page in this regard. In April, Xi and Modi met (in the central Chinese city of) Wuhan and in June in Qingdao for the Shanghai Cooperation Summit. The two will meet again in South Africa. Three meetings in just several months show China-India relations developing with a very sound momentum,” Geng added.

Referring to the consensus reached during the informal meeting between Modi and Xi in Wuhan, Geng said: “We hope India and China can implement the consensus reached by leaders to explore new modes of cooperation like China-India-Plus 1 and China-India-Plus X to realise a win-win situation for China, India and other countries.”

It was in Wuhan that Modi and Xi had agreed to jointly implement a capacity building project in Afghanistan.

First Published: Jul 24, 2018 17:28 IST