He was briefing the media on the decisions taken at the Second Informal India-China meet held here and also at a beach resort near here between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on October 11-12. "It is a very, very hard relationship", Pant said.
The two leaders agreed that both countries should work together to deal with the challenge of terrorism, Gokhale said. The discussions at their second annual summit, created to break through decades of distrust between their countries over border disputes, also included China's close military ties with India's arch-rival, Pakistan.
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In their first informal meeting previous year, the two leaders reached the consensus that the differences between the two countries should not be allowed to turn into disputes.
Xi said the two countries should focus on friendship and cooperation, dispel suspicions and doubts, and properly handle differences and sensitive issues.
The two countries' ancestors have overcome various obstacles to carry out extensive exchanges and promote the development of literature, art, philosophy and religion, which have greatly benefited both sides, Xi said.
Relations were ruffled further in August when India revoked the special status of the Himalayan territory of Kashmir, angering both Pakistan, which claims the region, and its all-weather ally China.
During Xi's trip from hotel to Mahabalipuram in the state of Tamil Nadu, people from all walks of life, including young students, lined the streets waving Chinese and Indian national flags, with young men and women in Indian traditional costumes singing and dancing, to welcome the Chinese president for his visit.
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Mr Modi told Mr Xi that "it is important that RCEP is balanced - that a balance is maintained in trade in goods, trade in services and investments", Mr Gokhale said.
President Xi Jinping said, he is overwhelmed by the warm reception given to him by Tamil Nadu government and its people and government of India, describing it as a memorable one.
Among one of the important developments was China's assurance that it will sincerely act upon the massive trade deficit between India and China.
Mr Modi mentioned that since ancient times, India and China have been major economic powers in the world.
During his meeting with Xi, Modi had spoken about increasing the flow of tourists between India and China. Both countries have suffered under the divide-and-conquer tactics used by colonial powers. China said India should not act unilaterally on Kashmir. Xi has also invited Modi for the next summit to China.
Noting that he attaches great importance to the friendship with Xi, Modi said he is willing to maintain such conducive and effective strategic communication with Xi and together create a handsome future for India-China relations.
In this connection, an invitation to the Defence Minister to visit China was extended by Xi. Despite the ongoing disagreement in Kashmir, Modi and Xi have claimed that talks were productive on Friday, with officials stating that the countries will move forward on a set of confidence building measures along their border including border trade, tourism and even joint military patrols to boost trust.